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John Alton Wills, Jr. 67, of Brownstown, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2013, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital, surrounded by his loved ones.

Born October 27, 1946, in Lebanon, he was the son of John Alton and Myrtle (Lane) Wills, Sr. On May 16, 2012, in Brownstown he married Sharon Kay Bane Smith who survives.

Mr. Wills was a member of Seymour Christian Church and attended Brownstown Christian Church. He proudly served his country in the US Navy and was a member of VFW Post # 1925, American Legion Post # 89, and served on the Military Honor Guard. He retired from Cummins Engine Company after 30 years of service. John was an avid motorcycle rider who was a member of the Christian Motorcyclist’s Association and the Fall of the Son Motorcycle Club. He enjoyed being in the outdoors; whether it was riding his motorcycle, playing softball, hunting or fishing.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Edinburgh,  ABATE, and the Bedford Stone City AA Group. He was also a knife and gun collector. Although John enjoyed his many activities, his grandchildren were his pride and joy and he loved to be with them. He was a greatly loved uncle to his nieces and nephews and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter Brandy (Michael) Burke; stepchildren Matt (Jennifer) Smith, Jerri Kay (Doug) Hall; grandchildren Michael Alexander Burke, Sarah Elizabeth Burke, Emileigh Bayonne Burke; brother Mark Wills; and sisters Marcia (Tom) Collins, Cindy Branaman, Debbie (James) Reynolds, and Johnetta Wills.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother David Wills; brothers Larry Fleenor, William Dee Wills; and sister-in-law Alice Fleenor.

Funeral services will be held at Voss Chapel on Friday, January 3, 2014, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Michael Hogg officiating.

Family and friends may call at Voss Chapel on Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Burial will take place at a later date at White River Cemetery in Medora, with full military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47, Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.

Condolences may be sent to the family through Voss Funeral Service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be written to the Seymour Christian Church or the Brownstown Christian Church through Voss Funeral Service.

A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home Website at

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