Willard G. Woitzel
Date of Birth
November 21, 1931
Lincoln, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
August 25, 2015
Greenwood, Nebraska
Mass of Christian Burial

Monday, August 31, 2015 ~ 10:00 a.m.
St. Mary Catholic Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Interment at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery ~ Greenwood, Nebraska
Military Honors by American Legion #129

Visitation & Rosary

Sunday, August 30, 2015
Visitation ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Rosary ~ 7:00 p.m.
Marcy Chapel ~ Ashland, Nebraska


Greenwood Fire & Rescue

Willard G. “Bill” Woitzel, 83 of Greenwood, NE, entered into rest on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at his home near Greenwood. He was born November 21, 1931 in Lincoln, NE to Gustav and Selma (Leuhr)(Rau) Woitzel. Willard graduated from Ashland High School in 1949.

He enlisted in the Air Force and was a Tech Sargent at Amarillo Air Force Base in Amarillo, Texas. He became an instructor at the first all-jet mechanic training center located at the Amarillo Air Force Base. He served for four years. Willard returned home to the family farm and farmed with his brother Robert. In November of 1971, Willard was married to Margo (Schmit) Neben in Ashland.

He was a past member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Murdock and later became a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Ashland. He served as a board member of the Greenwood Farmers COOP.

Bill’s interests included operating HAM radios and he enjoyed flying as a private small aircraft pilot. Willard had a passion for telling stories over a piece of his homemade pie with family and friends.

He is survived by children, Arno (Betty) Neben of Papillion and Michael (Lynn) Neben of Ashland; grandchildren, Christen, Derek, and Michaela Neben; brother, Robert Woitzel of Greenwood; special friend, Julie Hoffmeier of Omaha; many other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by wife, Margo Woitzel; parents; sisters, Helen (Rau) Olesen, Mary Ellen (Woitzel) Bachman, and Greta (Woitzel) Schuelke; brothers, Verner Rau and Herman Rau.

Signing off: WØFRV – Willard Woitzel

Condolences for Willard G. Woitzel
  1. Linda Tucker
    • August 26, 2015 - 4 years ago

    I will always hold dear the times we shared!
    Uncle Bill…. In a blink of an eye
    I never got to say goodbye
    You were gone to soon….
    This is W0FRV signing off…

  2. Ray Mathis
    • August 28, 2015 - 4 years ago

    Wilard, 80 years of friendship for you and me. Rest in Peace. Ray and Marilyn Mathis

  3. George and Carroll Dinse
    • August 29, 2015 - 4 years ago

    Shocked to hear of Willard’s death. Our sincere condolences. Love, George and Carroll Neben Dinse

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