Richard Leslie Will (1940-2022)

Richard Leslie Will, 81 of Montpelier, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers in Montpelier. Born Dec. 19, 1940, in Bryan to Richard T. and Evelyn C. (Willits) Will. Richard graduated from Montpelier High School. He grew up in Montpelier and lived there for most of his life. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps as a helicopter mechanic during the Vietnam War. He married Virginia D. Brandon on Aug. 2, 1966, after returning from Vietnam and they spent a year at Camp Lejeune before returning to Montpelier.

Richard loved the Lord with his whole heart. He leaves a legacy of a family with a strong faith in Christ. He was active in his church, Bethlehem Christian Union, in Edon. He really enjoyed doing ministry at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, and had participated in the Potter’s Hands Ministry. He had a lifelong interest in all types of automobiles, especially classic cars. Richard worked at the former Hamilton Products for 20 years, and also had jobs at Kinetico, Hires Auto Parts and Kevin’s Motor Sales. A highlight for him in recent months was witnessing his son, Leslie, getting baptized and married.

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