The funeral of Thomas ‘Tom’ Russell Will
Funeral arrangements have been made for Thomas (Tom) Russell Will.
Read the full obituary below:
Thomas (Tom) Russell Will, born on New Years Day 1942 in Chicago, Illinois to Sylvia Schultz Will and Albert John Will, joined God in Heaven on July 19, 2021 in Lafayette, Louisiana.
After graduating from Palatine High School, Palatine, Il., Tom attended Drake University, where in 1964 he received a degree in Marketing and Communications. In 68, he joined the US Navy and entered the School of Officer Candidates, where he became a lieutenant in the submarine division based in Norfolk, Virginia.
Tom spent the next 18 years at the national representation firm in Chicago, where he worked for Leo Burnett Advertising, PGW, Inc. and Seltel, Inc. He then joined the television production company Group W Productions and The Group of Summit Broadcasting radio until 1991, when he accepted an offer to become general manager of KATC TV in Lafayette, Louisiana. After quitting television, Tom spent a few years at KSMB / KACY. He spent the last 12 years of his career at the advertising agency Sides and Associates in Lafayette, La.
Tom is survived by his wife Bonnie Robert Will, his brother Jack Will and his wife Jerrie, his daughter Kelly Simpson and her husband Pat, his daughter Courtney Paul and Todd Knezovich, his stepson Jeff Robert and his wife Emily, his beau – sons Jay Robert and his partner Michael Bick, grandchildren Kaleb and Austin Paul, Sloane and Parrish Robert, Anne Louise Groos and Jessica Campbell, great grandchildren Malakhi, Jackson, Liam, Levi, Kelvin and Colton, in addition to his brother-in-law Joe Ray Benefield and his wife Faye, sister-in-law Betty Haller, several nieces, nephews and relatives.
Tom is predeceased by his parents, Albert and Sylvia Will, his brother, Jim Will, and his sisters-in-law Connie Will and Lois Will.
Tom will be remembered as the guy who was voted the most handsome in his senior year, the tall guy with all the hair, the loyal friend, a man with high morals, trustworthy, fun, a storyteller, a man who loved to travel, maybe a bit opinionated on politics, a faithful friend, a loving father, a brother, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, an uncle and a husband.
Tom was a member of the Covenant United Methodist Church, a graduate of Leadership Lafayette Class VII, a volunteer for the American Red Cross, a founding member of CPR Training Day, a member of the Ragin ‘Cajun Athletic Fund, a former board member of the Boys & Girls Club, 232-HELP, Louisiana Open, former board member and president of United Way of Acadiana, and has been involved in many other civic, community, religious and professional organizations, where he has volunteered his time freely over the past 50 years.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 25 at the Covenant United Methodist Church, 300 E. Martial Ave., Lafayette, Louisiana. The reception and visits will take place at the same location from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alliance United Methodist Church’s mission program, the American Red Cross, the United Way of Acadiana, or a cancer research organization of your choice.
An excerpt from a speech he once gave titled Trying to be a Saint:
Saints are not perfect, nor superhuman, nor always righteous… but they are those who have experienced God’s lavish love and are ready to let it flow through them.
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