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Obituary for V.J. Willis

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V.J. Willis

July 17, 1922 - December 11, 2011

V.J. WillisClearfield / St. George, Utah – On Sunday, December 11, 2011, V.J. Willis left his earthly covering for a mansion in his Father’s house. He was born July 17, 1922 in Raton, New Mexico the first son of Thomas Henry and Mary Victoria Bagwell Willis. He spent most of his childhood in Arizona until his mother’s death in 1933 when he went to Texas and then to California to live with family and attend school. He joined the Navy in 1942 and traveled on troop ships to many islands of the South Pacific.He married Sylvia Lou Jones June 26,1944 in Glendale, California and was the father of two children: son, Vernon Willis and wife Patsy Dobbs; daughter, Sheryl Shafer Rudnick; four grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren. He moved his family from California to Utah in 1958 and retired from Hill Air Force Base in 1982. He was a member of St. George Southern Baptist Church and former member of Washington Heights Church in Ogden, Utah.He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Mildred McKinny; grandson, Brian Keith Shafer; and son-in-law, Louis Rudnick..Funeral services will be held Friday, December 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah. Visitations will be held Thursday evening, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Friday, prior to services, at 1:00 p.m. both at the Mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, December 16, 2011

Time: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Friday, December 16, 2011

Time: 2:00 pm -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, December 16, 2011

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT,

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Born: July 17, 1922
Died: December 11, 2011

Condolences for V.J. Willis

Mike & Marie Neri posted on 1/25/12

I am just shocked to read this today, sorry I missed it back in December .V.J. Willis was one man I had allot of respect for. I worked with him being a young woman and the only female in the work area at Hill. He was so kind, patient and helpful as I trained under him. He was always a happy man, willing to give of himself hard worker was not the word for him. He loved his family, church no man could have been as humble as Mr. Willis. He always had a kind word and a smile for everyone who met him. I had the honor of seeing him and his sweet wife a couple years ago when they were part of a theme at the church. May he rest in peace; my deepest condolences are with you all? I know when he lost one of his grandson's he was very heart broken. I can honestly can say your father; husband was one in a million. He made a great impression on me for he taught me to have more faith in the Lord while teaching me the job. You all were truly blessed to be part of V.J. life.God Bless all of you always. Marie


Dave and Laura Alldredge posted on 12/16/11

Sheryl, we were so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care.


Judith Ann Wolcott posted on 12/16/11

Sheryl, through you I felt a genuine bond with your parents. Each of your parents were always warm and loving. I know that you will miss your Daddy. Know that you did a wonderful thing by moving to St. George to help care for them. Your father was a great man, and is at peace now. Love to you and your entire family.Judy


Suzanne K. Edwards posted on 12/15/11

I remember well the strong, tall, and very kind man that was my "Uncle J". He always made me feel special and loved; he had a wonderful 'hug'. I miss him very much.


Carl Berube posted on 12/15/11

Vern I am so sorry to hear about your dad. He is at peace now and is being well taken care of. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you.


Adrienne and Dale Hartog posted on 12/15/11

Vern, Your dad was such an awesome man! I enjoyed getting to know him at Washington Heights Church. He was so proud of you and always shared your accomplishments. Give your mother our love and our prayers are with you,Dale and Adrienne Hartog


Connie Schulz posted on 12/15/11

Dear Sheryl, Sylvia, Vern and Family:So sorry for the loss of your father and husband. He was alway's smiling and fun to visit with. A beautiful man that shined on this earth. He will be missed dearly.Wishing you comfort, and love through this difficult time.Love all of youConnie


Jeannette Peck Hartog posted on 12/14/11

Jay, as I always knew him, was a great man. One I have always remembered with fond and fun thoughts. He and Sylvia were friends of my parents at 1st Baptist Church in Ogden. He always had a smile on his face and an upbeat, happy greeting for me - whenever and whereever I would see him. After my Mom died in 1964, Jay took my Dad under his wing and was the best friend one could ever imagine. He got Dad involved in many activies and "out" into the world when no one else could. I will always be grateful to this wonderful man.Sylvia, Vern, and Sheryl - I know you will miss him after his long and activie life with all of you. May peace be in your hearts as you remember all the wonderful years you had with him.Love to all, Jeannette


Larry Muench posted on 12/14/11

Vern,My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May you find peace and comfort in these difficult times.Larry