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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.

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