Mr. Theodore "Ted" Willner, 92, resident of 108 Port Royal Drive, husband of Doris Gavin Willner, died Friday, September 21, 2013 peacefully at home surrounded by his family and friends.
Born February 11, 1921 in Spokane, Washington, he was the son of the late George Leonard and Anna Marie Stewart Willner. He made his home in Ninety-Six after moving from Fairbanks, Alaska in 1980.
Mr. Willner was a World War II veteran having served as a Sergeant in the Army during the conflict in Iwo Jima. He was a respected businessman and avid horseman, rancher and farmer.
An original Alaskan pioneer, Mr. Willner moved his family to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1958 from Monroe, Washington. He was a successful Consignee and Distributor for Texaco and Owner of Willner's Fuel Distributorship and Willner Sport's Sales. He was also an active partner in MTF Incorporated and 3 G's Corporation. Mr. Willner was known for his tremendous work ethic, sense of humor, personal integrity and focused perseverance. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Mr. Willner was preceded in death by Zena Gavin and a sister Leatrice "Elaine" Arnsparger of Desmoines, Washington.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of thirty four years the home; sister Patricia Laverne Rademacher of Desmoines, Washington; two sons, Steven Leonard "Steve" (Kathy and her children) Willner of Ninety-Six, Brian Theodore (Diane) Willner, also of Ninety-Six; and daughter Connie Jean (Todd) Heyworth of Anchorage, Alaska; along with Gail (Carl) Holzmueller of Anchorage, Alaska and Zail (Lucy) Gavin of Greensboro, North Carolina; five grandchildren, Dawn Anderson, James Fogg, Jr., Brent Willner, Shelley Willner and Tucker Gavin McCravy; five great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; very special family friend Pacita "Pat" Helm; and dear in-laws William F. "Billy" (Bobbi Lea) Bush of Fairbanks, Alaska and Robert L. "Bobby" (Francine) Bush of Anchorage, Alaska and Rex (Bonnie) Gavin of Fairbanks, Alaska as well as his former wife Vicky Schwartz of Roseburg, Oregon.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 1:00 PM from the Blyth Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplin Michael “Mike” Linkins officiating. Entombment will follow at Oakbrook Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Pallbearers will be Brian Willner, Steve Willner, Zail Gavin, Tucker Gavin McCravy, Adam Edwards and Chaplin Mike Linkins.
The family is at the home in Harbor Heights and will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 5:30-7:30PM.
The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to his wonderful caregivers Adam Edwards and Lisa Cooper from Always Best Care of Greenwood along with ARK Hospice and his trusted Neurologist, Burton L. Scott, MD, PhD, of Duke University Movement Disorder Clinic.
For online condolences please visit www.blythfuneralhome.com.
Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the Willner family.