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Willard A. Gullickson

Willard A. Gullickson

January 27, 2020

Willard Gullickson 78 of Eau Claire, passed away Monday, January 27, 2020 at Augusta Health and Rehabilitation, under the care of St. Joseph’s Hospice.

Willard was born on February 25, 1941 in Eau Claire, WI to the late Otto and Gerda (Olson) Gullickson and lived his life on the family farm.

He graduated from Memorial High School in 1960. Willard married Kay Pendergast on July 21, 1962 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Eau Claire.

He hauled milk while in high school and one year after graduation and then worked at Pope and Talbot and retired from there in 2001 after 40 years. He also cash cropped for many years.

Willard was a faithful man, with a deep love and commitment to his family (and his IH Tractors.) He was a loyal friend and could be counted on to lend a hand or to have a good time. He loved spending time at his place in Wascott, where he had made many friends.

Throughout his life he enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, pulling antique tractors, snowmobiling and 4-wheeling. He was a founding member of the Pleasant Valley Rough Riders Snowmobile Club and 4 Season Rec Club of Wascott, WI.

Willard is survived by his wife, Kay of Eau Claire; daughter, Marlene (Mike) Pederson of Eau Claire; 2 grandchildren, Kelly (Brandon) Brenny of Cadott, John (friend Anna) Pederson of Eau Claire; 1 great granddaughter, Olivia Brenny, who was the apple of his eye; sister, Peggy Russell; brother, Melwin Gullickson; sisters in law, Janet Swatzina and Betty Bowe, all of Eau Claire and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; in laws Delos and Jane Pendergast; sisters, Esther (LeRoy) Zimmerman, Lucille (Ray) Kjesbo; brother in law, Pat Russell; sister in laws, Janet Gullickson and Mary Jacobs.

Willard’s family would like to send a special thank you to the staff of Augusta Health and Rehabilitation, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospice for the wonderful care given to Willard.

A celebration of life will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday February 4, 2020 at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive, Altoona (behind Charter Spectrum.) A private graveside service will take place at Brunswick Cemetery at later date.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center is assisting the family with arrangements, online condolences can be left at www.chippewavalleycremation.com

Service

A celebration of life will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday February 4, 2020 at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive, Altoona (behind Charter Spectrum.)

Florist Information

Brent Douglas, (715) 831-0997, flowers should be delivered to the Celebration of Life Center no later than 10:45 A.M.

Condolences

  • Debby Leaveck My deepest sympathy. I worked with Dr Mike Gonzaga. I always loved seeing Willard. He was such a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    February 1 at 10:29am

  • Dick and Ellen Schwartz Dear Marlene, Just want you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers today. ????????

    February 1 at 9:42am

  • Sharon and Jerry Rathke Dear Kay and family, we want to send our sincere condolences in the death of Willard. We are on the road headed for Gulf Shores Alabama. We will arrive February 1 and returning around the 17th of March. Hugs from Sharon and Jerry

    January 30 at 5:31pm

  • William Jacobs I am so saddened in Willard's passing. He was a one of a kind wonderful person. There will be a hole in the hearts of all those who knew him and who shared in his warmth and kindness.

    January 30 at 10:34AM

  • Patricia Kries Dear cousin Kay & Family. John & I are sorry to hear of Willard's passing. He was a lovely husband ❤️ & a great father & friend to many. He loved life & accomplished much. Just a great guy. You are in our prayers ????.

    January 29 at 7:54AM

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