John Leo Wills

December 24, 1941March 6, 2020

John Leo Wills, age 78 of East Lansing, passed away March 6, 2020. He was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts on December 24, 1941 to John and Helen (Harris) Wills. John was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Marlene Fiske. He is survived by his wife, Sandra “Sandy”; brother, Bradford (Marianne); sisters, Cathy (John) Bearce, Lorraine (Dan) Savasta and several nieces and nephews.

John graduated from Mansfield High School and Northeastern University in Boston in 1965 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He retired after 45 years of engineering service from Ebasco Services.

John was a team builder with a particular gift in conflict resolution. He was often asked to lend his skill set to difficult projects in the nuclear and conventional power industry. John left his legacy in international projects. He was recognized at the highest level for his competence and his key sense for the human experience.

Exposure to international projects led to a lifelong love for travel and cultural exploration. While at home, John enjoyed golfing and fishing and was committed to his community through service and volunteerism.

In addition to their love for travel, John and Sandy shared almost 45 years of marriage - a journey which they both cherished.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 955 Alton Rd., East Lansing, Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. The family will receive guests one hour prior at the church.

Final resting place will be in Springbrook Cemetery in Mansfield, MA.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 2469 Woodlake Circle, Suite 100, Okemos, MI 48864 or American Diabetes Association, 20700 Civic Center Drive, #100, Southfield, MI 48076.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Chapel, East Lansing.

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Pablo & Kathy Fajardo

May 7, 2021

We will always remember John as a kind gentle giant and as being over the moon in love with Sandra. He would always comment "Isn't she something! She is so beautiful." We will cherish our memories of John and Sandra being part of our NEW YEARS EVE PARTY team and the fun we would have preparing and having the party. What a good time we had! Sandra our hearts go out to you as you have had to navigate this past year. You are and always will be in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Pablo & Kathy Fajardo

John Debruin

March 20, 2020

Dear Sandy,
Veronica and I so saddened by the passing of our dear friend John. He was a great person in so many ways. A great construction manager, a bold Project Manager willing to take on the most challenging projects all over the world and a respected leader. Above all John was a wonderful and caring friend. John was respected and loved by all who had the pleasure of getting to know him. We keep you and your family in our prayers. We will miss him.
John & Veronica


March 10, 2020

Lost for words my friend...In these few short years of friendship so many memories of travels, fun, laughter and just being together. You are in my heart and prayers.

Frank Morrissey

March 10, 2020

To Sandy and John's family ,

John and I have been best friends for nearly 60 years. We had many great times when we were both single and also after we got married.
Trips to Hawaii and Alaska and to many interesting places in the continental United States were so much better when we were with together.

Our sincere condolences go out to you.

Frank Morrissey & Janet Barros

John Simmons

March 9, 2020

To Sandy and John's family- please accept condolences from the Simmons family. John was a legendary coworker and close friend. I learned much from working and travelling with John. He was a leader that was admired by everyone that worked with him- especially our clients. John excelled at bonding with client staff, especially with international clients. He personally trained a large percentage of China's nuclear engineering and construction managers- and they loved him!!! He even took them to Disneyworld! During his career the various legacy companies entrusted him to manage many large and important projects- many in Asia. They were all successful. John loved to travel and I will always remember the many travel stories that he shared with me. You have our deepest sympathy.