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Willis R. Brinker
Willis R. Brinker was born in Center Valley on March 7, 1920 and died June 18, 2013. He was the son of Benjamin and Estella (Fogel) Brinker. He was predeceased by his wife, Arlene (Schaffer), in 1989. He lived in Center Valley until moving to Vera Cruz in 1957. In 2010 he moved to Phoebe-Miller Personal Care Community in Allentown. Willis served in the US Army, Company 1, 18th Infantry, 1st Division during WWII. He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Purple Heart, European African Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, The WWII Victory Medal, and the American Theater Service Medal. He was employed by the LeBoutillier Orchards, Coopersburg, Rodale, Emmaus, and the US Postal Service in Emmaus for 25 years. Willis was a member of St. Pauls Blue Church, Coopersburg his entire life. He served on the St. James Cemetery board at Blue Church for many years, of which he was president from 1987 until 2007. He was a member of the Grundsow Lodge #13 in Emmaus, where he served as a Raadsman and Chaplain. He was also a life member of the Grudsow Lodge #14 in Coopersburg. He was a life member of the Citizens Fire Co. of Upper Milford Twp. in Vera Cruz, where he served as trustee, president, and chaplain of the company. In Vera Cruz, he was a lifetime member of the Mystic Chain Park and Hall Association. Survivors: Nieces, Ruth Kinsey of Lansdale and Esther Keys of Mays Landing, NJ; brother-in-law, Richard Schaffer of Coopersburg; sister-in-law, LeMae Charron of Emmaus. He was predeceased by brothers, Arthur, Harold, and Wallace Brinker. Willis will be greatly missed by the many people whose lives he touched. Services: Funeral services Monday, June 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. in St. Pauls Blue Church, 5305 Blue Church Rd., Coopersburg. Visitation 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the church. Interment with military honors will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Schantz Funeral Home, P.C., Emmaus is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.schantzfh.com. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Published in Morning Call on June 21, 2013
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