Obituary of Willard Wesley Sally
Willard Wesley Sally, Jr. 89, of Newton, passed away on January 14, 2022 at MercyOne
Newton Medical Center.
Willard was born on April 2, 1932, in Colfax, Iowa. He attended Colfax High School graduating in 1950. After graduation, he joined the Army and was stationed for two years in Germany during the Korean War. Willard was a long time employee of the Maytag Company in Newton until he retired after more than 40 years of service. Willard was an avid outdoorsman; hunting, fishing and running trap lines from an early age. His love of the outdoors never went away, he could frequently be found on the golf course or walking up town to meet his friends for breakfast. He also enjoyed bowling and was a long time member of the Maytag Bowling League. He loved
watching sports and rooting on his favorite baseball team, the Yankees. He was also a devoted
and generous member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Willard was a lifelong bachelor and will
be fondly remembered for his quirky sense of humor. We often joked with him about writing a
book entitled “The Wonderful World of Wit and Wisdom by Willard”.
Willard was preceded in death by his father, Willard Sally, Sr., his mother Elizabeth (Vardo) Sally and his sister Joanna Berkenbosch.
Willard is survived by his sister, MaryLou Wilharm of Cedar Rapids and brother, Thomas Sally of Ames, 10 nieces and nephews as well as numerous great nieces and nephews all of whom
affectionately called him “Uncle Wee”. He was very loved and will be greatly missed by all
especially by his beloved cats, Simba, Merlin and Captain.
Visitation and prayer service at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 28th at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Newton followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place in the
spring at Colfax Cemetery. Pence ~ Reese Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Donations can be made on Willard’s behalf to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newton or the
Animal Rescue League.