Willard E. Woldt of Lincoln, NE, passed away October 17, 2014 at the age of 91. Memorial Services will be held at a later date at Rutland, SD, with interment following at Rose Hill Cemetery at Wentworth, SD, with full military honors.\n\nWillard E Woldt, the son of Harold and Marlys (Hexom) Woldt was born on March 6, 1923 in Rutland, SD. He went to school in Rutland, and graduated in 1941. He worked on the family farm during school years, and after high school graduation he felt the call to serve his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served more than 28 years in the U.S. Air Force with active duty in four wars and many commendations for "service above self". After retirement at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he pursued many successful business ventures that provided opportunities to travel, explore, and meet people around the world. During his later years, he lived in Denver, CO, San Antonio, TX, and finally Lincoln, NE.\n\nWillard enjoyed life to the fullest, and particularly enjoyed competitive sports car racing, competing in road rallies, and traveling across the country in recreational vehicles. He was a life long aviator, with an Air Force career and was a balloon pilot extraordinaire after retirement. He loved flying hot air balloons for both pleasure, and competitively at the national and international level. Willard was also a founding member of the Nebraska Balloon Club. \n\nWillard is survived by his daughters: Kandis Richardson and husband Jay of Makaha, HI; Marlys D'Ann of Madison, SD; and son Wayne Woldt and wife Holly of Raymond, NE. 6 grandchildren: Joshua Bow of Aspen, CO; John Richardson III of Makaha, HI; Summer Wells and husband Mike of Honolulu, HI; Weston Woldt of Tucson, AZ; Dylan Woldt of Golden, CO; and Cara Woldt of Lincoln, NE. 1 great grandchild: Nola Wells of Honolulu, HI. Sister Heraldine Schwartz and husband Wendell of Salem, OR; brother Ansel Woldt and wife Nancy of Kent, OH; sister Alice Woldt of Seattle, WA; along with several nieces and nephews.\n\nWillard was preceded in death by his parents, his spouses Geraldine and Beverly, and brothers Carl Woldt and Robert Woldt.\n\nMemorials are suggested to HoriSun Hospice Foundation of Lincoln, NE. The family would like to extend a thank you to HoriSun Hospice for their kind assistance and support.