John H. Willis (1946-2011)
For those who knew my dad or our family, this will be published in our local paper Tuesday morning. I’m posting it here for family and friends around the country who may not be here to see it. Many thanks to everyone who has already reached out. Though time hasn’t allowed us to respond, your support means more to our family than we can express. –Brad
John H. WillisJohn H. Willis, 64, of Springfield, Missouri died November 26, 2011. Born on Christmas Eve 1946 in Houston, Texas, Willis spent most of his adult life in Springfield where he married, founded a business, and raised a family.
A lover of games and an avid golfer, Willis spent some of his happiest moments in friendly competition with the people he loved. Though he earned a reputation for thriftiness, he leaves behind a legacy of generosity that knew no bounds. A man of quick wit, hearty laughter, and genuine empathy, Willis leaves behind countless family members and friends who admired his drive and spirit.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jo Ann; son Brad and his wife Michelle; son Jeff and his wife Cindy; four adored grandsons; a mother-in-law he loved like his own mother, Ann; a treasured family of brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews; and a wide circle of friends he held dear.
The family will receive visitors Tuesday, November 29 from 5-7pm in the Chapel of the Klingner-Cope Family Funeral Home at Rivermonte, 4500 S. Lone Pine Rd., Springfield, MO, 65804 (417-887-1929). Graveside services will be held Wednesday November 30 at 11am at Rivermonte Memorial Gardens at the same address.
Donations in John Willis’ memory can be made to Boys and Girls Town of Missouri online at bgtm.org (Southwest Missouri/Springfield Jim D. Morris Campus), by mail at 1212 W. Lombard, Springfield, Missouri 65806, or by phone (417-865-1646).