Published in Rockford Register Star from September 24 to September 25,
Wills Flott, 84, of Belvidere went to be with Jesus and his precious daughter,
Muffet, on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.
Born June 25, 1927, in Chicago, youngest son of Frederick William and
Anna Wills (Fleming) Flott.
He was a graduate of Morgan Park Military Academy and was an outstanding
athlete. The day after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was
sent to the Pacific Theater at the end of World War II. Served on an LCI
and participated on some the atom bomb tests.
After the Navy he graduated from University of Illinois where he played
freshman football and baseball, member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity.
Earned his master's degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and did
further study at Northern Illinois University. Married Susan Haugen on
April 10, 1954, in Evanston.
He spent 35 years in the teaching profession, two years in Astoria, two
years in Fulton, and 31 years in Belvidere, where he taught physical education,
coached and was a mentor to many young people.
His lifelong passion was baseball. Played minor league professional ball
in the late 40s to early 50s. He was a member of the Chicago Pitch and
Hit Club, the Chicago Old Timer's Association and the former Belvidere
Pitch and Hit Club.
Longtime season ticket holder of the Chicago White Sox. Member of First
Presbyterian Church, Belvidere, where he was a deacon. Member of Bel-Mar
Country Club, Belvidere Lion's Club who awarded him a Melvin Jones Fellow,
VFW, Elks Lodge 1440 in Rice Lake, Wis., NEA, IEA, Belvidere Retired Teacher's
Association and a volunteer and supporter of the Special Olympics. Former
member of the Belvidere JC's, Kiwanis, and longtime leader of the March
of Dimes in Boone County.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Sue; son, William; niece, Cynthia
Carpenter and sister-in-law, Dorothy Flott, both of South Carolina; nephew,
Robert Flott Jr., of California; and numerous cousins.
Predeceased by his parents; daughter, Margaret Ann in 2007; and two brothers.
Service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in First Presbyterian Church, Belvidere,
with the Rev. Dr. Robert Kopp officiating.
Burial in Belvidere Cemetery.
Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral
Home, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, and from 10 a.m. Tuesday to time
of service at the church.
Memorials to First Presbyterian Church and the Alzheimer's Association.