FARMINGTON - Willard C. "Skip" Colvin Jr., 71, of Farmington passed away on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist, after suffering a heart attack.
Skip was born on Feb. 3, 1942, to Willard Sr. and Edna (Bollinger) Colvin. He married Shirley (Steele) on Feb. 1, 1969. She preceded him in death, along with his father and one foster brother, Gary Ray Douglas.
Surviving are his mother, Edna of Farmington; one sister, Tammie Colvin of Lewistown; one son, Erik and Sheri (Swearingen) Colvin; along with five grandchildren, Bryar, Lydea, Elyce, Tenley and Adelyn Colvin, all of Farmington.
Skip graduated from Farmington High School in 1960 and went on to attend The First Baptist College of Kansas for a year, before joining the U.S. Air Force. Skip was an airman first class and a veteran of the Korean War.
After the Air Force, he went on to work for Western Electric for many years, taking a layoff to stay close to his family. In 1982, he became the custodian at Farmington Central Schools, where he retired.
Skip was a lifelong resident of Farmington and was very active in the community from the Boy Scouts; Council of Churches; 40-plus year member of the First Baptist Church, where he served on many boards; to the American Legion Post 140.
He was an avid book reader, always had stories to tell and had never met a stranger.
Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, Ill., at 3 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Farmington Boy Scouts or Farmington Rescue 1100.
The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at csmico.com.