The Duncan Banner

Obituaries

April 8, 2013

John Robert ‘Bob’ Willis

July 26, 1931 — April 6, 2013

CHICKASHA — Funeral services for John Robert “Bob” Willis, 81, of Chickasha, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in the Ninnekah Baptist Church with Mike McReynolds officiating and Bob Craddock assisting.

John Robert Willis was born July 26, 1931, in Comanche, the son of Ralph Willis and Ipha Bond Willis. He was received into heaven’s gate at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013. His father, mother, grandmother Ma Woodie, grandfather PaPa, Aunt Ve, close childhood friend Wyndel Price and many loved ones greeted him with open arms. Interment will be at 4 p.m. in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Comanche, under direction on Ferguson Funeral Home.

Bob was raised in Comanche, and graduated from Comanche High School in 1949. He later attended Oklahoma A&M College. He married Wanda Thomas on July 13, 1951, in Duncan.

Bob was employed with Mobil Oil Corporation for 32 years serving as a Registered Land Surveyor through the State Of Oklahoma. He ended his career as a Senior Production Foreman in the Cement area. He was a member of the Ninnekah Baptist Church.

Bob enjoyed golfing, fishing, being with his grandchildren and family but he particularly loved just visiting with people. Bob was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a 32nd Degree Mason of the Comanche Masonic Lodge and had been a Mason for more than 50 years.

During his and Wanda’s retirement years they loved to go to South Texas where he was active in the First Baptist Church and Lake Front Church in Zapata, Texas. He also loved his English and Scottish Heritage and reading Louis L' Amour Books.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandmother, Mary Willis; and grandfather, Robert Willis.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda of the home; daughter and son-in-law: Dana and Chuck Watterson of Ardmore; sons and daughters-in-law: James and Lynn Willis of Chickasha, and Chris and Conny Willis of Piedmont; granddaughter, BreAnna Watterson of Ardmore; grandsons and spouse: Dustin Watterson of Oklahoma City, Philip Willis of Chickasha, Brandon and Lacey Willis of Chickasha, Josh Willis of Bethany, and Tim Willis of Piedmont; two great-grandchildren; and a host of other friends and family.

The family would like to especially thank Bob’s wonderful caregivers, Dr. Hess, and Lifeline Hospice providers who aided him for an extended amount of time.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to the Oklahoma Heart Hospital 4050 W. Memorial Oklahoma City, OK 73120.

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • Nancy Hawes Nancy Lee Hawes

    Nancy Lee Hawes, 89, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Duncan.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • David Bradley David Michael Bradley

    David Michael Bradley, 60, died on July 7, 2014.
    He was born to the late Maria and Jack Bradley on Dec. 16, 1953 at Lindley Hospital in Duncan.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mildred Hale Mildred Louise Hale

    Former Duncan resident, Mildred Louise Garrett Hale, 92, of Mansfield, Texas passed away Friday, July 25, 2014.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Herman Hatch Herman R. Hatch

    Herman R. Hatch, 89, of Duncan, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 peacefully with his family by his side.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gerald Hayes Chisum

    Gerald Hayes Chisum, 71, of Duncan, passed away at his home Sunday, July 27, 2014 with his family around him.

    July 28, 2014

  • Danny Ray Foster

    Danny Ray Foster, 62 of Duncan, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014 peacefully with his family by his side. Service will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Faith Church with Rev. Layne Smith, Wayne Morrow and Ronnie Bernard officiating.

    July 27, 2014

  • 7-27 obit Midred Mae Huey.jpg Mildred Mae Huey

    Mildred Mae Huey, 98, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 in Duncan.
    Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29,2014 at the Ray of Hope Church, with the Rev. Dow Pannel officiating. Burial will be in the Marlow Cemetery under the direction of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home in Marlow.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-27 obit Danny Gallaher.jpg Danny Ray Gallaher

    Danny Ray Gallaher 57, of Comanche, passed away at Duncan Regional Hospital on Thursday, July 24, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lola Elizabeth Allen

          Lola Allen was born in Shattuck, Okla. and passed away at Evergreen Nursing Center in Owasso, Okla.

    July 27, 2014

  • 7-27 ida mae obit.jpg Ida Mae Johnson

    Ida Mae Johnson, 90, of Duncan, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Duncan Country Club Care. Services are pending under the Carter-Smart Funeral home

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

     View Results
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.