Jack R. Willard
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LANCASTER: Jack R. Willard, 88, departed this life on Thursday January 17, 2013. He was a long time resident of Fairfield County, born near Amanda on October 10, 1924. He attended Liberty Union Schools for 11 years and graduated in 1942, and attended Ohio State University and Franklin University.
Drafted into the United States Army in 1943, he was assigned to Combat Engineers after his basic training in Arkansas and Texas. He served two years and 11 months in Germany and earned two Bronze Stars during World War II.
In 1947 he was employed by the Army Depot, later named DCSC, where he served in the Records Management Office for eight years, then as the Center Records Management Officer for 21 years until he retired in 1980. After retiring, Jack resided in Port Charlotte, Florida for 15 years before returning to Lancaster.
His lifetime hobbies and interests were flying and photography. Jack earned his pilot's license at Fairfield County Airport in 1948, and owned planes and helicopters during his flying career of 57 years. He owned and operated Willard Studio in Baltimore and Quik Photo on North High Street in Columbus for nine and one-half years. He was a serious collector of antique and classic cameras, and sold his entire collection of over 3,000 cameras in 2002.
He is survived by his three sons: Gregory (Dee), Steven (Melissa), and Clifton; and one daughter, Jacquelyn (Roy) Plank, all of Lancaster; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and his brother Richard (Lulu). He is also survived by his wife and beloved companion Joan Crumley-Willard of Lancaster. He is preceded in death by parents Herman and Gladys Willard; brother, Robert; and one great granddaughter.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place. The Sheridan Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. To send an online condolence and sign guestbook, please visit www.sheridanfuneralhome.net and click obituaries.
Published in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on Jan. 19, 2013