Mass of Christian Burial for Willard Landreville, age 83, of Milaca, will be held Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 11 AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Interment with full military honors will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 4 - 7 PM Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with a rosary service at 6:45 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.
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Willard Joseph Landreville, age 83 of Milaca, MN passed away peacefully in his sleep the morning of Saturday, October 16, 2021. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother-in-law. He will be missed tremendously by all who knew him. Our hearts will never be the same.
Willard was born on September 4, 1938 to Arthur and Lucille (Laurin) Landreville in Argyle, Minnesota. Willard attended Catholic school through 6th grade in Argyle and graduated from Argyle High School in 1956. Throughout his life, you could find Willard wearing argyle socks as a tribute to his home-town roots.
Following graduation, he served in the Army during peace time in Japan. He met Janice Carlson while in high school and they married on October 21, 1961. Willard worked for Midwestern Gas Transmission Company which brought his family to Osceola, Wisconsin, Hallock, Minnesota and finally settling in Milaca, Minnesota in 1979. Willard worked 39 years for one company – just one of the many examples of his faithfulness and commitment of doing a job right. After retiring, Willard volunteered his time as a driver for Timber Trails for over 15 years driving patients to appointments all over the state.
Willard’s Catholic faith was a driving force in how he lived his life. He was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Anyone who knew Willard, knew he was a prayer warrior. People near and far called upon Willard to pray for them and their needs and Willard was happy to do it. Willard loved all his sons-in-law and daughters-in-law like his very own. Willard never judged anyone and forgave everyone. Although he faced many health challenges and his body failed him, he never complained.
Willard loved his family deeply and his grandchildren lovingly called him Boompa. You could find Willard driving through town with his personalized Boompa plates or driving his golf cart. His grandchildren are devastated to lose their beloved Boompa who was always there for them. He sponsored them for confirmation. He showed up for races, Grandparent’s Day and anything he was asked to do. His Faith living on in all of us will be his biggest legacy. We love him and will miss him every day.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Janice, Milaca, MN; children, Sonya (Henry) Mingo, Alexandria, MN, Shari (Kari) Landreville-Sweesy, Monroe, WA, Stacy (Perry) Ludwig, Wayzata, MN, Sheila (Don) Pake, Greensburg, IN, Sally (Wayne) Nelson, Milaca, MN and Wade Landreville, West Bend, WI; grandchildren: Tyson Mingo, Sophie Ludwig, Shelby and Shannon Pake, Max Nelson, Ellie and August Landreville; sister, Geraldine Lindemoen, Newfolden, MN and brother Roger (Marilyn) Landreville, Prior Lake, MN and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Dale Landreville and sister, Betty Trickel.