Dr. Edwin Paul Willems, 85, died of pneumonia complications at Mercy Hospice on July 22, 2021. He was surrounded by family.
He was born and raised in Kansas with his two older sisters. He received his PhD in Psychology and Social Science from the University of Kansas. Later in his career, he accepted an offer from the University of Houston to teach and head up significant research projects. He received recognition as the founding director for the Scholars community Program.
Ed and his wife, Jeanne, have resided in Durango for the last 12 years. Many residents and retail personnel will remember him as kind and mild-mannered. He didn't want to just say "hi" when he greeted you. He remembered your name and with all sincerity wanted to know how you and your family were doing.
A service of remembrance will be held at a future date with immediate family. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, daughters Debbie, Jean, Megan, and son Pete.
The memory of those we have dearly loved stays in our hearts forever.