It is with deep sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of our youngest brother, Chip Wills who died on July 10 in his home. Chip was born in Gardner, KS. on November 30, 1961 to Bud and Sylvia Wills.
He graduated in 1980 from Hoover High School in Fresno, CA. Soon thereafter he joined the Navy. He was stationed aboard the USS Constellation and loved seeing the world while serving his country. After his honorable discharge he found the apartment of his dreams in Long Beach in 1994 and lived there until his untimely death, thanks Marc for giving Chip a great apartment, which he loved!
He worked at SCAN for many years and had quite a fan club there as well as other venues. He was always the social butterfly at any event.
Chip had this amazing light within him so wherever he would go, he always brought this brightness with him. He never met a stranger and it was natural for him to reach out to anyone in need. His laugh was so contagious, you couldn't help but feel his energy when he walked into a room.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud & Sylvia Wills, grandparents, Russell & Opal Wills, James & Laura Benefield and Aunt Laura Stoll. He is survived by his sister, Debby Wills-Wheeler & Bob of Ridgecrest, CA., Jimmy & Lisa Wills of Clovis, CA., Chuck & Toni Wills of Hendersonville, TN. and Aunt Jo Burris of Berea, KY. He has 4 nieces, 1 nephew and 8 great nieces & nephews, as well as more cousins than we can count.
Chip has left a big hole in the hearts of everyone he touched. His family wants to thank all those who were so supportive and always there to help him. Some that even "saved his life" by always making sure that his needs were met, the many needed trips to the Dr, dentist, store and keeping his meds organized. You know who you are and we are so blessed. To the excellent care he received at the Long Beach VA, thank you Jannette, Dr. Nguyen and staff. To his neighbors, who always watched out for him during his illness, you're the best.
There are no words to ever thank everyone but you all know who you are and how we've appreciated everything.
His remains will be scattered at sea at a later date. We all miss you Chip, thank you for allowing us to share this life with you, you'll always be in our hearts.
Published in Gazette Newspapers from Aug. 31 to Sep. 11, 2020.