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Obituary for Alfred Edward Willis

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Alfred Edward Willis

June 17, 1927 - February 8, 2014

Alfred Edward Willis
June 7, 1921 – February 8, 2014

Alfred Edward Willis, 92, passed away on February 08, 2014. He was born in Ogden, Utah on June 07, 1921, son of Ethel Laverne Ward and John Greenleaf Willis.

He married Marie Pfost, May 1956. Together they had four daughters. Later divorced, they remained friends and shared many wonderful memories. In April 1986 he married Minnie DeGroot. Minnie had three children. Combined they had 21 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren and were forever blessed by joining their families. Ed and Minnie cherished the company of good friends, neighbors, and family, and were always excited to share their laughter and a roaring game of Yahtzee!

Ed’s lifelong joy was people. It can truly be said that “he never met a stranger.” His love of sports always brought a smile. It was a treat to watch a game with him, he would always have so much fun! He was an avid tennis player in his youth. Later, a loyal fan of Weber State football and basketball, the Ogden A’s, and the Utah Jazz. He rarely missed a game and would eagerly give the latest stats on his favorite teams. Ed was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Serving in many capacities, he was honored to fulfill two missions for the church; as a young man to the Alberta Canada Mission, later with his wife Minnie, to the West Virginia Charleston Mission. As sweethearts, they loved serving in the Ogden Temple for many years. Ed retired from Hill Air Force Base after 32 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sister Billie and Brothers Ward and John, Marie, Minnie, and his Daughter Nancy. Surviving are three daughters, Karen Willis, Vicki (Doug) Friedli, Becky (Troy) Weeks, and Minnie’s children Diana (Bill) Fouyer, Nadine (Richard) Jensen, and Glenn (Becky) DeGroot.
The family would like to express their thanks to the loving staff of Stoney Brooke Assisted Living Center. For the sweet care and concern they gave Dad and for listening (and enjoying) his same “one-liners” for eight wonderful years!

In lieu of flowers, please remember Ed by donating to the charity of your choice, to pass along that magic smile!!
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 – 36th St., Ogden, UT. A viewing will be held 1 hour prior at the mortuary.



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Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Viewing will be held one hour prior to Interment

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Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014

Willard City Cemetery


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Born: June 17, 1927
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Richard and Edith Watkins posted on 2/13/14

Doug and Vicki: We were sorry to read of Ed's passing. We will be in Montana for a baptism this weekend so won't be able to attend the viewing or funeral, but please accept our sincere condolences. Our prayers are with you. Love Dick and Edith


Rick, Paulette Christiansen & Family posted on 2/13/14

Dear Karen & Family, We're saddened at the loss of your Dad. Whenever I went to visit Mom when she was there, your Dad was always joking and teasing with the staff at Stoney Brooke. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. With Deepest Sympathy & Love, Rick, Paulette & Family John & Chris Wright & Family


Steve and Terri Taylor-STAMPEDE! posted on 2/12/14

Our hearts are saddened at the loss of our friend, Ed. We have such fun memories of him always saying, "how did you guys get past security?" or "You guys get better every time I hear you". He and Minnie were such sweethearts and we treasure their memory. He had such a great smile....


Lonnie & Diane Godfrey posted on 2/12/14

We have some very fond memories of Ed and Minnie. They were such a fun couple to be around and we will remember both of them always. We loved them both so very much.