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R. Jack Willey


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R. Jack Willey Obituary
Willey R. Jack Willey, age 66, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away March 19, 2014. He was born July 14, 1947 to the late Ralph Jackson and Betty Lou (Bingham) Willey; also preceded in death by his brother Mike. Jack began to develop his love for journalism while attending Greenville High School in Darke County. He continued his education at Wright State University and the University of Maryland. Jack worked at Eastland Mall and oversaw the enclosure of Westland Mall. He wrote for the Dayton Daily News and the Columbus Dispatch, where he became well known through his daily informative column on Columbus people and events. He brought his experiences and relationships with celebrities from all over the world, to the people of Columbus, Ohio. Jack golfed in several Pro-Am golf tournaments, was a passionate race car driver, enjoyed skiing, sailing and fishing. He was a board member of numerous organizations and LOVED the OSU Buckeyes. He is survived by his life partner of 18 years, Sherri Palmer; sister, Terri (Hunt) Ashby; brother-in-law, Russell Ashby; brother, James Willey; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and good friends. A Celebration of Life will be held from 1-3 p.m. on April 13, 2014 at The Boat House at Confluence Park, 679 W. Spring St., Columbus, OH 43215. To confirm your attendance please email Sherri Palmer at spalmer36@netzero.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the R. Jack Willey Journalism Scholarship Fund, through any branch of The Huntington Bank. Friends may visit www.schoedinger.com to share special memories or photos with Jack's family and friends. Cremation entrusted to SCHOEDINGER EAST CHAPEL, 614-861-6268.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 21, 2014
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