Reginald Levis Willis

Reginald Levis Willis, 87, of Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, died at 3:35 a.m. Friday (March 28, 2014) at the Illinois Veterans Home.

Born Jan. 23, 1927, in Macomb, Reginald was the son of Frank Bogue and Christine Clemens Willis.

Reginald was a veteran of the United States Army in the Pacific Theatre (Philippines) during World War II. He worked for the Navy as an aircraft mechanic in California. He taught school at Oakley, Calif., and was a procurement clerk in San Francisco. He was a bank teller in Chicago, and studied law at night school. He was given a scholarship to the University of Taiwan. He earned his master's degree at Western Illinois University in Macomb in 1973 in economic geography and took accounting courses at Bradley University in Peoria.

He was a buyer for Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago and was located in Fulton County. He was a Quality Assurance Specialist in Ammunition Surveillance with the U.S. Army from 1979 to 1992, having lived in Germany, Huntsville, Ala., and later retiring in Aberdeen, Md., in 1992.

He came to the Illinois Veterans Home in October 2002. There he spent time in the library reading the daily Chinese paper, New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Wall Street Journal. He worked on his computer and transcribed many books from Latin, then to French and finally to Chinese.

He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church, Vermont (Ill.) Masonic Lodge No. 116 and a former member of the Vermont (Ill.) American Legion Post No. 26. Reginald was also a member of a German Hiking Group (VolksMarch) and he enjoyed opera.

Surviving are two brothers, Wilmer (Bud) Willis and wife, Ina, of Macomb, and Frank Willis and wife, Mary Jo, of Fairview; and six nephews and nieces, Frank Arthur Willis, Reggie Willis, Kristina White, Stephen Willis, Benjamin Willis and Mariam Graff.

Mr. Willis was preceded in death by his parents and one nephew, Richard.

SERVICES: 3 p.m. Thursday memorial services will be held in the Unitarian Universalist Church in Quincy by Scott Aaseng. A luncheon will be served following the services at the church. Graveside services will be held at a later date in Vermont Cemetery in Vermont, Ill.

ARRANGEMENTS: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home, Quincy,


Funeral Home

Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home
1435 State Street Quincy, IL 62301
(217) 222-3662

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Apr. 2 to Apr. 4, 2014