John E. Willard Jr.

John E. Willard Jr.

CLAY CENTER: John E. Willard Jr., 82, of Clay Center, Ohio, passed away Monday, December 3, 2012, at Mercy St. Charles Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

John was born in Washington Township, Lucas County, on July 6, 1930 to John E. and Helen (Herbster) Sr. He graduated from Whitmer High School in 1948. John served his country in the US Army during the Korean War, where he received a Purple Heart. He was a member of VFW Post 4906 and was recently nominated to the Toledo Community Based Outpatient Clinic Faces of Heroes wall. For 35 years, John was employed with Toledo Edison, retiring in 1990. On July 2, 1982, he married Beverly Myers. John served 19 years as a member of Clay Center Village Council. He was a longtime member of the Clay Center Volunteer Fire Department. John later served as a trustee for the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District. John was a true sports enthusiast. He loved playing golf and cheering on his favorite teams; the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns. John was an avid bowler and served as secretary of his bowling league. In later years, John enjoyed traveling and taking walks with his beagle, Lucky. "Grandpa Jack" will be dearly missed by his grandchildren who brought him much joy.

John is survived by his wife of 30 years, Beverly; children, Kathleen Cope, Mary Jo Lampis, Jackie (John) Updike, Dennis Willard, Brian (Jane) Willard, Tami Myers and Steven Myers; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and sister, Jean (Theron) Brisbin.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Clara.

Friends may call at the Eggleston Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home, Millbury Chapel, 1111 Woodville Road (east of I-280) on Thursday, December 6, 2012, from 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm where an Allen-Clay Joint Fire District service will be held at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 7, 2012 at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Interment will follow at Allen Township Williston Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District, Elliston Zion United Methodist Church, or Honor Flight Northwest Ohio.

Published in the News Herald on Dec. 5, 2012