Richard Willis

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Funeral services for Richard Willis will be held Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 3:00pm in Cashner Colonial Chapel with Rev Peter Deison officiating with burial immediately following in Garden Park Cemetery. Casual attire is requested by Richard's family. At the conclusion of the graveside service the family requests you join them in a celebration of Richard's life at the Friends of Conroe Warehouse located at 101 S. Main following the service and interment

Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at Cashner Funeral Home from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Richard Dawson Willis, 66, died at home on October 19, 2012 following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents Isabel and Searcy Willis, Sr. and wife, Ida Lynn Willis. He is survived by the love of his life, Anne Hoffman, his brother Searcy Willis, Jr. and wife Deane of Austin, Texas, and his sister, Betty Ann Lewis and husband Chuck of Houston, Texas. Richard also leaves behind close extended family and many wonderful friends. Richard was known by many to be a unique and exceptional human being: loving, kind, and always there for his friends and family.

Born in Conroe, Texas on June 15, 1946, he grew up attending Sam Houston Elementary, Travis Junior High, and Conroe High School, where he was named President of his Junior Class. He started his long career as an athlete as a member of the Tiger Peewee League, then a pitcher for the Presbyterian Little League. In high school he excelled in football, basketball and especially track where he won second place in State in intermediate hurdles. Upon graduation in 1964, he received a full four year track scholarship to Texas A&M University. Unable to compete at A&M after a major automobile injury, Richard, an Architectural Engineer major, transferred to the University of Texas at Austin in 1966 to complete his degree. He began his career as an architect working for the George Maxwell Structural Engineering Company in Austin, Texas. Although Austin was a great place in which to work and play, Richard was drawn back to Conroe to start his own architectural firm with Bill Watson, a high school classmate. Starting with the Capital Drug Store, he began renovating and restoring many buildings on the square. In the words of Mayor Melder, "he had the vision of changing downtown from a small, fading community to a striving city- a catalyst for what we see today." He served on many City of Conroe committees, and is a founding member of the Friends of Conroe, where he has served as President, Vice President and Board Member, and has been the Logistic Chairman of the Conroe Cajun Catfish festival since its inception, 23 years ago. Richard fulfilled his last goal by attending the opening night of the 23rd Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival and received a special proclamation by Mayor Webb Melder, making Friday, October 12th, Richard Willis Day. In lieu of flowers, Richard's wish would be donations to M.D. Anderson, P.O Box 297153, Houston, Tx 77297.


Published on from Oct. 21 to Nov. 3, 2012
Arrangements under the direction of:
Cashner Funeral Home
801 Teas Road | Conroe, TX 77303 | (936) 756-2126
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