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James R. "Bob" Willard
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Birth: May 27, 1928
Cass County
Michigan, USA
Death: Apr. 28, 2010
Cass County
Michigan, USA

James R. Willard
May 27, 1928 - April 28, 2010

CASSOPOLIS - James Robert "Bob" Willard, 81, of Lenawee Drive, Cassopolis, MI, died Wednesday April 28, 2010, in his home. He was born May 27, 1928 in Cassopolis, MI, the son of the late Jesse P. and Beulah B. (Seals) Willard, and was a lifetime area resident.

e married the former Barbara J. Deforest on July 21, 1950 in Cassopolis, and she survives. He is also survived by a daughter, Cynthia A. Willard of New Orleans, LA and Cassopolis; a son, Kenneth R. Willard of Elkhart; three grandchildren, Travis Willard, Derek Willard and MacKenzie Willard, and a great-grandson, Tre' Willard.

Bob was preceded in death by five sisters, Mayme Lorene Gogley, Marvene Brown, Vera Closson, Doris Bickel and Carma Poehlman; and two brothers, Richard Willard and Thomas Willard.

Bob was a retired well driller, and had worked at B.J. Lewis & Sons Well Drilling, Cassopolis, and last at Peerless Midwest, Inc., Granger, IN. Bob was a member of the Pleasant View Church of Christ, Cassopolis. He also was a member of the Diamond Lake Golf Club, Cassopolis. He was a US Navy Veteran.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 3, 2010 at 11 a.m. in the Pleasant View Church of Christ, Cassopolis. Officiating will be Rev. Larry Settle, retired Pastor and Rev. Jeff Oliver, Pastor. Interment will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Cassopolis. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Connelly Funeral Home, Cassopolis. Memorials may be made to the Pleasant View Church of Christ, Cassopolis. Online condolences may be left at

Published in South Bend Tribune on April 30, 2010 
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  Barbara Jean DeForest Willard (1931 - 2014)*
*Calculated relationship
Prospect Hill Cemetery
Cass County
Michigan, USA
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Record added: Apr 29, 2010
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James R. Bob Willard
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