Willis J. Fontaine

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. — Willis J. Fontaine, 77, of Jacksonville, Arkansas, and former Houghton resident, passed away at home, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

Will was born on January 10, 1942, in Lake Linden, to his parents, Raymond and Annabelle Fontaine. Will graduated from Lake Linden High School and later attended Michigan Tech University. He entered the U.S. Army in 1964.

Will began his career in banking in 1965, in the loan department at Superior National Bank. He became President and CEO of Superior National in 1988. Will worked for the bank for 47 years until his retirement in May, 2012.

Will was a Catholic and member of St. Jude the Apostle Church in Jacksonville for the past five years after moving to Arkansas. For many years, he was a member of St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Houghton.

Will had many interests in life, including playing cards, bowling, golf, basketball, and cheering on the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers. He also loved to travel and enjoyed many trips with Brenda over the years. Most of all, Will was a humble man. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend. Will was loved and admired by all of those who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents and leaves to cherish his memory of his beloved wife of 28 years, Brenda Fontaine; his daughter, Lisa Hess (Jon) of Vacaville, California; his sons, Michael (Keah) Fontaine of Sacramento, California and Brandon Fontaine of Lansing; brother, Raymond (Shirley) Fontaine of Escanaba; grandchildren, Dylan and Hunter Hess of Vacaville, California, along with Lake Fontaine of Sacramento, California; and nephew, Gerry Fontaine; and nieces, Lori Fontaine and Diane Mattson.

Friends of Will and Brenda are invited to an open house on Friday, August 2, 2019, between the hours of 3 and 8 p.m. at 49572 Round House Rd., Hancock.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Houghton, with Fr. John Martignon as celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, memorials honoring Will’s life may be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation, P. O. Box 62066, Durham, N.C. 27715. https:glioblastoma.

Arrangements are being handled by the Jukuri-Antila Funeral Home of Hancock, Antila Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at antilafuneral.com.