Willis, David M.

David M. Willis U.S. Navy WWII
David M. Willis U.S. Navy WWII

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Date of Birth: 2/21/1924
Died On: 6-Apr-09
Street Address: 8 Newberry Place
Service Number: unknown
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy-WWII

Veteran Code: USN-295

David M. Willis was born in Florida in 1924. In Rye his family lived at 8 Newberry Place. David was a Rye High School Graduate, Class of 1942. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Dave Willis Dave Willis, of Brevard, N.C., husband of Betsey Wil-rJis, died April 6, 2009, days af ter his children had gathered. I The Willis family lived in Mo- i line ior w years. I ; During his last year's bat-i tie with cancer, Dave and Betsey received an outpouring of love and support. Despite I the illness, Dave's last days j were punctuated with humor and tears, and a character-like (beating of the heart, similar to the persistent way he delivered , a forehand. ' 1 A memorial service was I held at St. Philip's Episcopal I Church in Brevard where fam- ily and friends shared memo-it jries, and began to heal, as Dave jr requested in his file folder "When I Die." j: Dave's legacy is his love of j family including his many dogs, his devotion to a strong Mvork ethic, his love of reading, r, .history, travel and knowledge in general, to say nothing of a , good argument. He delivered j an argument like he delivered a forehand. Dave's wry sense of humor entertained and con- founded his family and many 1 .treasured friends old and new. -Dave was born in Jackson-i llle, Fla., in 1924. He started ' College at William and Mary, Continuing his education and I Naval training during war- time at the University of Rich-pond, the University of Colorado, then graduating from the University of Iowa with high-Zest distinction, having had the highest grade-point average in the university's history to that date. L Dave was humble about his accomplishments, but proud of his Naval service, his 37-year career with Deere and Company, last serving as director of corporate planning services, and last but not least, the woman he deeply loved for over 60 years, Betsey. He loved his four children and their 6pouses, as well as six grandchildren, and his beloved dog, Jake; Sue and Bob Hove, Ra-leighjN.C, parents of Kate, fairbftnks, Alaska, and Scott and hW wife, Tracy, Salt Lake City, Utah; Mike and Joanne Willis, Waterloo, Iowa, parents lof David, Moline, and Marcia and fiance Tony Erickson, Milwaukee, Wis.; Chris and Heather Willis; Atlanta, Ga., parents of Andrew and Betsey; and Andrew, who died In 1980. I In lieu of flowers, Betsey and family request memorial be sent to Transylvania Regional Hospital Foundation, TRH Foundation, PO Box 2440, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/73372411/obituary-for-dave-jr-willis-1924-2009/
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