Willard J. Aebi

December 16, 1925 ‒ August 23, 2017

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Willard J. Aebi, 91, of Mount Vernon, Ohio formerly of North Aurora, Illinois and Sebring, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Knox Community Hospital. Willard was born in Alliance, Ohio on December 16, 1925 a son of the late John and Louise Nellie (Urig) Aebi.

Mr. Aebi retired from Fibrex in Aurora, Illinois as plant engineer and purchasing agent.  He was a proud World War II veteran serving in the United States Navy on the USS Caribou participating in campaigns in the Pacific including the battle of Leyte Gulf.  He recently enjoyed traveling to Washington D. C. with Honor Flight. He was active in the communities where he lived, serving as president of the North Aurora Lions Club where he received the Melvin Jones Fellow award and Maple Ridge Ruritan Club. He was Scoutmaster of Maple Ridge Troop 153 for many years. He was an expert euchre player and a member of the longest running euchre game in North Aurora, Illinois.

He was predeceased by his parents and his wife Barbara Lee (Greene) Aebi; brother Robert Aebi; and sisters Virginia Reed and Eileen Hartenstein.

Survivors include special friend Annie Arck; his sons John Aebi (Ana), Kurt Aebi (Jennifer), and Mark Aebi (Deborah); and brother Elmer Aebi of Alliance. He was the loving grandfather of Shannon, Sarah, Megan, Lexi, Carolyn, Will, Laura and great-granddaughter, Winnie.

A private internment will take place in the Fairmount Memorial Park in Alliance, Ohio, with a Celebration of Life to be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in Willard’s honor to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Friends may send condolences or share a special memory with the family by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Ohio is honored to serve the family of Willard J. Aebi.


  • To John, Ana and family. We are saddened to learn to your father/grandfather’s passing. Sounds like Mr. Aebi lived a full and rich life. We are pleased to be able to donate to the Honor Flight in remembrance of Willard Aebi. Mike’s father had went on the Honor Flight several years ago and had many interesting stories to tell .
    Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this time. Sincerely Marilyn and Mike Lamb

  • Our thoughts & prayers go out to all of Will’s family and special friend, Annie. Will was a very special person. We had the privilege to spend time with him playing golf & euchre. We also reaped the benefits of the “fruits” of his labor (garden) many times. Theses happy times will remain in our memory & pray that your happy memories will help you through this difficult time.
    Our sincere sympathy, Angelo & Betty Graziani

  • John and family,

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Sounds like Willard had a long and enjoyable life. In time, may your memories bring only happiness and no sadness. Thinking of you.

    Sincerely yours,

    Ellen G. Robinson

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the Aebi family. I was saddened to hear of Will’s passing. He was such a positive person and left such an impact on so many people. He will truly be missed.

  • Much love and prayers to you John and all your family what awesome memories you have of your dad God bless you Marsha Hoopes Johnson

  • So sorry John on the loss of your father. May the memories you shared and the thoughts and prayers of friends and family comfort you.

  • So sorry for your family’s loss, John and Ana. A parent’s love will live on on your heart forever. Prayers and hugs to everyone.

    Terri Rhodes Hunter.

  • John and Ana,

    We are saddened at the loss of your father. Our Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

    Jerry & Carolyn Kisner

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We will miss Will and keep our memories with Will in a special place in our hearts.

    With Love,
    Joe, Fran, Ed, Dan, Kathy and Deb Borowiak

  • John Ana and family Our family is so sorry for your loss.We sure have some fond memories with Will hunting and just visiting with him. Truly an unforgettable man ! We will keep your family in our prayers.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Will was such an awesome man, always made people laugh and smile. Remember the parties your mom (Barb) and him had. We also remember Don Strode filling in for the card games. Amazing time in their lives. God bless you and your family, he had a full life and family.
    The Don Strode Family (Shirley, Rhonda, Donnie)

  • Dear John , Ana, and family,
    I was so sad to hear about Dad but he didn’t let a day go by. He was so active and loved life! My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family, Deepest Sympathies – Mike and Diana Oswalt