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Jean Élisabeth Will

October 4, 1927 – October 19, 2021

Jean Elizabeth Will, 94, of Columbus, Nebraska, passed away on Tuesday October 19, 2021 at Emerald Care & Rehab in Columbus.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021 at the United Church of Christ St. Luke with Reverend Adam Lassen as celebrant. Visitations will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at St. Luke and will continue from 9:30 a.m. until time of service on Friday, October 22, all at the church. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, October 22 at the church. Interment will be in the Roselawn Memorial Cemetery.

Jean Elizabeth Will was born on October 4, 1927 in Osceola, Nebraska, to Walter and Rose (Johansen) Boss. Jean graduated from Monroe High School and on October 4, 1946, he was married to William E. Will, Jr. in Columbus. The couple farmed north of Monroe before moving to the Silver Creek / Duncan area where they continued to farm.

After leaving the farm, the family moved to Seward where Jean worked at Bob’s Bakery. They then moved to Staplehurst and in 1968 to Columbus. Jean worked at Becton, Dickinson and Co. until his retirement. She was a member of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, enjoyed playing Sheepshead, crochet, making baby blankets, listening to Big Joe’s Polka Show, and cooking.

Jean is survived by his son Bill (Jeannie) Will of Burkesville, Kentucky; son, Bob (Diane) Will of Columbus; five grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; sister, Jalee Dotson of Columbus; and his sister-in-law, Joan Boss of Columbus.

Jean was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Rose Boss; husband, William Will; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Harvey Anderson; sister and brother-in-law, Eileen and Louie Engberg; brother, Daniel Boss; and brother-in-law, Fred Dotson.

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