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“Edna was such a good-natured individual, always fun and congenial. She was a hard worker - whether it was at home, at church or fund-raising for the...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Linda Hansen - Ames - Friend

“Edna was a sweet and caring friend. I remember working with her at the Rusty Spur also and at the bowling alley where her and paul ran for many years...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Pam Owenson - Harcourt, IA

“Read of Edna Mae's in the recent Dayton Review. I hadn't seen her for a number of years but I remember her as a jr./sr high schooler when she came...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Sara Downs - Des Moines, IA

“What a great lady, she will be greatly missed! Sandy Collins ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Sandra Collins - Boone, IA

“Edna Mae was such a wonderfully sweet, fun person! We are honored to have met her. Baby Oscar even got to be held by her! I remember Chuck...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Liz Lundquist - Fargo, ND

“Greatly missed. Love Edna always be in my prayers. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Wendy Bird (Pratt) - Creston, IA

“Edna was such a very lovely lady to be around. We took First Responder Course together, and worked with her at elections in both Webster And Boone...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Marlys Curry - Ogden, IA - Friend

“Edna was a wonderful person. She always had a smile on her face. I will miss her. My condolences to the family. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Robin Crouch - Pilot mound, IA

“I will miss you and all of the things you have done for me I love you so much mom ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: terry will - OGDEN, IA - Son

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all! ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Denise Van Pelt - Ogden, IA

“Edna will be missed. I Remember working with her at the Spur. She was one of the first familiar faces I saw when I moved home. Such a sweet soul. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Brenda Buckley Nitsch - Ogden

“Edna will be missed greatly. She was a friend and always had time to visit with me. She was a hard working person and I admired that trait in her. ...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Lou Strandberg - Dayton, IA

“So sorry to hear about Edna's passing. She was such a sweet person. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: larry & Deanna Leichliter - Ogden, IA

“What we have lost, heaven has gained. There were no strangers to Edna, only friends she hadn't met yet. She left a vast legacy. I will miss her...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Karen Swanson - Dayton, IA

Edna Will, 87, of Ogden, Iowa, and formerly of Boxholm, passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.

Edna's wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Dayton. Rev. Russ Crouthamel and Steve Satre will officiate. Burial will be at a later date at Lawn Cemetery in Bolxholm. Visitation will be Friday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Emanuel Lutheran Church. For online obituaries and condolences, please visit:

Edna Mae Swanson was born on April 15, 1930, in Amaqua Township, Boone County, Iowa, the daughter of Leonard and Mildred (Hammarstedt) Swanson. She graduated with the Lanyon High School class of 1948.

On May 13, 1950, Edna was united in marriage to Paul Wallace Will at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boxholm.

Edna worked at the County ASC Office in Boone, and in the kitchen at the hospital in Fort Dodge. The couple also managed the Rusty Spur Bowling Alley in Dayton and farmed until moving to Ogden in 2007.

Edna was a former member Trinity Lutheran Church in Boxholm and currently belonged to Emanuel Lutheran Church in Dayton. She served for over 20 years on the Dayton Rescue Squad. Edna enjoyed watching her great grandchildren play a number of different sports, gardening, field work and fishing. She loved making her world famous potato bologna.

She is survived by her son, Terry (Suzie) Will of Ogden, Iowa; grandchildren, Jason Will of Ogden, Iowa, Chris Neagle (Josie) of Dayton, Iowa, and Danielle Faust of Ogden, Iowa; four great-grandchildren, Mason Will, Kailee Will, Kaelyn Will, and Silas Huskovic all of Ogden, two sisters-in-law, Betty (Dick) Martin of Boone, Iowa, and Bonnie Peters of Humboldt, Iowa; and many cousins and friends, including her friend of over 60 years, Rose Challgren of Dayton, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Paul on June 13, 2000, two sisters-in- law, Mavis Hull and Diane Will, and three brother-in-law, Charles Will, Dean Peters, and Donald Will, along with many cousins and her paternal and maternal grandparents.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.