Donald Earl Willis (1939 - 2017)

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Donald Earl Willis, 78, of Vandalia, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at his home.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday at McInturff Cemetery in Hagarstown, with the Rev. Joe Lawson officiating. Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday at Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia. Memorials: . Online condolences can be expressed at
Mr. Willis was born on Feb. 25, 1939, in Mulberry Grove, the son of Roy Virgil and Bessie Mae (Bolyard) Willis. He married Norma Jean Holman on April 18, 1959; she preceded him in death on Oct. 25, 2012.
Donald retired from Caterpillar as a tool handler. He was a member of Vandalia Moose Lodge No. 1447 and loved farming, tending to his cattle, deer hunting, gardening and having breakfast at the Mulberry Grove American Legion.
He is survived by his sons, Gary Willis and his wife Annie of Hillsboro, Larry Willis and Robin Steinkamp of Vandalia, and Todd Willis of Vandalia; daughter, Jodi and her husband Jim Winkler of Altamont; sisters, Betty Willis and Doris Lamkey; grandchildren, Bryan Henna, Jake Willis, Nathan Willis, Josh Willis, Troy Winkler and Sam Willis; stepgrandchildren, Jay Webster, Xenna Webster and Kailey Winkler; and great-grandchildren, Aireona Willis, Ethan Willis, Garret Willis, Mia Willis, Alex Hollowell and Cory Wills.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a sister, Francis; and brothers, Jim, John and Raymond.

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Hohlt & File Funeral Home Ltd
204 North Fourth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
(618) 283-3434
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Published in The Leader-Union from Mar. 6 to Mar. 15, 2017
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