Hamilton County

Byron Joe Travis Wille




Byron Joe Travis Wille was born Oct. 8, 1915 to Joseph H. and Mary T. Wille. He died Sept. 12, 2005 and is buried in the Williams Cemetery, Williams, IA.

Private Wille was a member of the Third infantry division which was the first American infantry division to receive the Presidential Citation. He was wounded in Italy and awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal.

His Obituary: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - Sept. 13, 2005

Byron J. Travis Wille, 89, Williams, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2005 at the Hamilton County Hospital in Webster City. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Williams with burial in the Williams Cemetery at a later date. There will be a flag presentation by the Williams American Legion Post #633. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Surls Funeral Chapel in Williams.

Byron Joe Travis Wille was born on Oct. 8, 1915, in Webster City, the son of George C. and Freda (Wille) Travis. He graduated from Williams High school in 1934. He attended Civilian Conservation Corps in Boone and Red Oak. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. On Aug. 2, 1947, he was united in marriage with Evelyn H. Challe in Jewell. He had worked as a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in January 1977. Byron was a member of the United Methodist Church in Williams, Williams American Legion Post #633, Disabled American Veterans, Rural Carriers Association, past member of the Williams Lions Club, and a former Boy Scout Troop Leader.

Mr. Wille is survived by his wife, Evelyn of Williams; two daughters, Deborah A. Lancaster of Grapevine, Texas, and Barbara J. Lauthern and her husband Mark of Atlantic, a son, Joe E. Wille and wife Lori of Williams; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Source: ancestry.com