|Birth: ||Mar. 10, 1926|
|Death: ||Feb. 4, 2012|
William E. "Bill" Willis, Sr., 85, died on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Manor Care Health Services, Platteville. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 10, 2012 at the Melby-Bendorf Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville.
Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Platteville. Chapel Military Rites will be accorded by American Legion Post #42 and VFW Post #5274. Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February, 9, 2012 at the First English Lutheran Church, Platteville, or from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the William E. "Bill" Willis, Sr. Memorial Fund. Online condolences can be made at www.melbyfh.com Bill was born on March 10, 1926 in Wausau, Wisconsin, the son of Vergel and Nora (Austin) Willis. He was united in marriage to Catherine Mary VanNatta on June 5, 1947 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Platteville.
She preceded him in death on December 2, 2001.
Bill served in the United States Navy, Amphibious Forces during WW II. Bill worked for Consumer's Gas Company for 28 years and also for the Platteville Theatres for many years. He was a member of the American Legion Post #42 and VFW Post #5274, and St. Mary's Catholic Church, Platteville. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling. Bill was always friendly to everyone he met extending a greeting.
He is survived by his four children of Mesa, AZ; Platteville; Cassville, WI; and of Platteville; nine grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; one sister, of Platteville; one brotherof Ft. Myers, FL; nieces, nephews and his special friends (coffee clutch) at McDonald's.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Virginia Long, sisters-in-law, Bernadine VanNatta and Bernadine McReynolds, brothers-in-law, Hank Long, Harlo Scott, Cletus, Edgar, and Don VanNatta, and Tom McReynolds.
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Catherine M Van Natta Willis (1924 - 2001)
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THank for serving this great nation during World War II. Fair Winds and Following Seas"|
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