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Robert Earl “Bud” Willis

Birth
Chetopa, Labette County, Kansas, USA
Death 7 Nov 2012 (aged 85)
Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Burial Chetopa, Labette County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 100373112 · View Source
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Robert E. "Bud" Willis, 85, of rural Chetopa, died at 3:46 p.m., Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin.

He was born July 15, 1927, in Chetopa, Kansas, to James A. and Grace (Wright) Willis. He was a 1945 graduate of Labette County Community High School in Altamont.

Following high school, he served in the United States Navy. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Southeast Kansas where he worked at Goodrich Corporation in Miami, Oklahoma, the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant in Parsons, and Chetopa Concrete until retiring.

He attended the Community Bible Church in Chetopa and was an avid participant in the community and will be missed by many.

He and Mary Ann "Peggy" Castle were married in 1958. They later divorced. On February 14, 1981, he married Myrna Castle in Miami, Oklahoma. She preceded him in death on July 6, 2010.

Survivors include: one son, Robert "Buddy" Willis, Oswego, KS; two daughters, Pamela Jones, Denver, CO, and Valarie Ann Lawrence, Wichita Falls, TX; three stepsons, Gary Castle, Kansas City, KS, Larry Castle, Humboldt, KS, and Rick Castle, Chetopa, KS; one stepdaughter, Regina Curnutte, Oswego, KS, 6 grandchildren, 10 step grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and 9 step great grandchildren; one brother, Glen (Marilyn), Smith, Buckeye, AZ, two sisters, Ruth Miller, Chetopa, KS, nad Donna Benson, Lake Jackson, TX, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by one sister; one son, Donnie Willis; and one step great grandson.

Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, Chetopa, KS


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  • Created by: Forever Searching †
  • Added: 8 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100373112
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Earl “Bud” Willis (15 Jul 1927–7 Nov 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100373112, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Chetopa, Labette County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Forever Searching † (contributor 47578585) .