Anchorage resident, 1sgt. Lawrence Robert Willey Sr. (ret.), 68, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013, in Unalakleet, Alaska. Funeral services were held Thursday, November 21, 2013, in Unalakleet, Alaska. Lawrence's cremated remains will be buried with full military honors at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia at a later date. Lawrence was born July 26, 1945 to Glen and Esther Willey in Newton, Massachusetts. He entered into the U.S. Army and had served our nation during Vietnam in the first Rangers unit and after 20 years had retired August 31, 1982 from Fort McClellan. Lawrence had received numerous awards during his military career to include six purple hearts, a silver star and a meritorious service medal. He met and married Chong H. (Han) on January 28, 1966 in Seoul, Korea. Following retirement he had continued working in civil service at Elmendorf AFB. Lawrence was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He enjoyed working on things as a mechanic. "For every 2000 soldiers, there is one Lawrence Willey," stated Bob McFarland, Ret. U.S. Army. "My father was always trying to rescue someone in need," wrote his son, Victor C. Willey. Lawrence was preceded in death by his mother, Esther Willey; and brother, Wayne Willey. He is survived by his wife, Chong H. Willey, of Weaver; sons, Lawrence R. Willey Jr., of Jacksonville, Fla. and Victor C. Willey, of Anniston; daughter, Iris B. Hissey of Fort Myers, Fla.; father, Glen F. Willey, of Portland, Maine; sisters, Pam Federlein, of Hendersonville, N.C. and Linda Frost, of New Hampshire. Arrangements were cared for by the Anchorage Funeral Home & Crematory. Please visit Lawrence's obituary and online guestbook at www.AlaskanFuneral.com.
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Published in The Anniston Star on Dec. 1, 2013