Gardner Randolph Wills

Born in Lowell, MA on April 9, 1933

Departed on July 25, 2020 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Mr. Gardner Randolph Wills, age 87, of Nashville, TN, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 25, 2020.

Mr. Wills was born in Lowell, MA, on April 9, 1933, the son of the late Randolph C. Wills and Thelma J. Davis Wills. He was a graduate of Lexington High School, Class of 1951, and received his bachelor’s degree in 1962 from Rochester Institute of Technology. Mr. Wills served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1951 until 1954. He retired after 30 years as the Production Manager of The University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI, in 1995 and moved to Nashville, TN in 2000, where he was a member of Inglewood Baptist Church. Mr. Wills was preceded in death by his wife Niki Yphantis Wills, and his brother Calvin A. Wills.

Survivors include two sons, Eric G. Wills (Laura) and David C. Wills (Wendy); a daughter, Kristen N. MacKay (Donald); two sisters, Claudia Stefanski and Linda Stotler; and seven grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held later in Maine.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to Wycliff Associates, PO Box 620143, Orlando FL. 32862

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5 Comments to Gardner Randolph Wills

  1. Tyler Wilson - Dickens Turf
    July 26, 2020 9:23 pm

    Helped Mr. Wills for years with his mower and yard at our store in East Nashville. Always enjoyed interacting with him very much. God Bless You All!

  2. Caleb MacKay
    July 27, 2020 8:30 am

    I loved the time I was able to spend with my grandpa. Deep down he had a caring heart and he always wanted to do his best. Just thinking about him brings a smile to my face. God bless!

  3. Kelley Krile Robbins
    July 27, 2020 9:28 am

    Gardner and Niki open their home and their hearts to me while in my 20’s, and to this day, I honor their gift of family. Eggs Benedict should rightly be served on a bagel, sleeping rooms really CAN be completely darkened, and gardens… lovely. Parts of my garden today are from their beautiful place in Madison. They prayed me thru the darkest months of my life, and I’ll ever be grateful. Oh, and raised the kindest, most-fun, thought-provoking, creative, adventurous, faithful, erstwhile friend a body could hope for. Thankful!

  4. kenneth stockdale
    July 27, 2020 2:15 pm

    I will never beable to enjoy markers mark without thinking of Mr.Wills.

  5. Linda Anderson
    July 28, 2020 10:13 pm

    I was lucky enough to know Mr. Wills, from NHC! I enjoyed talking to him, and listening to him telling about his life! I’ll miss you! Rest In Peace!

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