Willis Williams, Jr. age 87, of Washington, passed away Monday, January 9, 2017 at 4:41am at home.
He was born on February 9, 1929 in Brazil, Indiana to Willis and Almeda (Gerber) Williams. On September 12, 1950 he married Dorothy (Kramer) Williams and she survives.
They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in 2016.
Willis was a Quartermaster Signalman, Petty Master Second Class, having served in the United States Navy during the Korean War from October 10, 1948 to October 6, 1952. He served aboard two destroyers during his service time. After serving in the Navy, he worked at Palmer Electric as a TV and Radio serviceman. Later he was part owner of Williams & Rude TV Service. In 1966 he went to work at Crane. October 1987, he retired from Crane Naval Weapons Support Center. He was a member of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy. They had five daughters; Linda (Ray) Wagler, Susie (Jim) Pfoff, Patty Robling, Barb (Rocki) Padgett and Mary Beth (Dean) Solliday; nine grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren and two great greatgrandchildren which he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Barb Padgett; son,-in-law, Dean Solliday and grandson-in-law Colin Evans.
A mass of Christian burial will be Thursday at 2:00 PM at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church with Fr. Paul Ferguson as celebrant. Burial will follow at Sugarland Memory Gardens, with military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion and V.F.W. Honor Guard
Visitation will be from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm on Thursday at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be given to Helping Hearts
Hospice, P.O. Box 760, Washington, Indiana 47501 or St Jude Childrens Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.edleemortuary.com