Ray Willard Funeral Notice and Obituary

Ray Willard Funeral Announcement

Ray was ready to see His King, Jesus Christ!  Enjoy Ray’s Favorite Song while you reflect on his life:  The King is Coming by the Gaither Vocal Band.


       Raymond Dale Willard, 80, went to be with Jesus on Feb. 18,2017 at The Good Samaritan Home in Windom, MN.  He was born July 9, 1936 on the Hudson farm near Rodman, Iowa, in Pocahontas County, to Raymond and Luella (Buck) Willard.
In 1944, they moved to the Mears farm near Mt. Lake, MN.  He attended Sanborn Lutheran School, Mt. Lake Country School, and Comfrey High School.
       Ray (Bubby) was the 3rd of 6 children. His siblings: Donald (MaryLou), Lydia(Jim),(Louis), Dennis(Linda), Linda(Elwin), Lois(Jerry), and Keith.
       In 1956, Ray joined the U.S. Air Force.  On June 6, 1959, while he was home on leave to visit his dying father, he married Edith Mueller, whom he met thru letter writing. They were married in the Old Country Church near Mt. Lake, MN.  Ede went with him to Petaluma, CA, when he returned from his leave. Their first child, Rebecca, was born ther in May 1960.
Ray was wounded in Formosa, Tiawan, during the Korean Conflict while serving as an aircraft mechanic. Some of his friends were killed in the attack.
        When Ray’s enlistment was up, he and his family moved back to Minnesota.  Ray worked for Harry Marks on a farm near Delavan for two years and then worked with Albert Hermann as his hired man for twenty years. Three more children were born to Ray and Ede in those years on the Delavan farm.  Ronald was born in 1962, Annette was born in 1967, and Stephen was born 1972.
When AlbertHermann retired in 1980, Ray, Ede, Ron, Annette and Steve moved to Butterfield, MN, where Ray worked for Nels Pearson for a short time.  He worked for Balzer, Inc., in Mt. Lake and then People’s Express until he retired.
Ray loved his wife, enjoyed being with his family, and had many friends.  He was very involved in the churches they attended.  He served as Deacon, Trustee, and Sunday School Teacher.  Ray and Ede sang many duets together through the years at the Delavan Baptist Church in Delavan,  First Baptist Church in Blue Earth, and Cornerstone Bible Church in Mt. Lake. He was also a member of the Mt. Lake VFW.
       Ray is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ede, daughter, Becky (Steve)Robbins, son Ron (Leslie), daughter, Annette Wilson (Chad Wilson), and son Steve (Robyn); grandchildren Dan (Mandy) Robbins, Jennie (Darren)Esser, Danielle (Rusty) Larson, Heather Jo (Ryan) Creighton, Kylie (Louis) Norell, Faith Willard, Madison Willard, Cody Willard, Kate`Wilson, and Kelsey Wilson; great grandchildren Bella and Javen Larson and Grace Robbins; siblings Lois(Jerry) Matthews, brother Keith Willard; brother-in-law Elwin “Pete” Sanders; sisters-in-law MaryLou Willard, and Linda Willard; cousins, nieces and nephews, and numerous friends.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Don and Dennis and sisters Linda and Lydia.
A Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Feburuay 28, 2017 at 10:30 at Cornerstone Bible Church in Mt. Lake.
Visitation will be held on Monday, February 27, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Bible Church 1019 Prince Street Mt.Lake, MN.  Burial with military honors following service at Cornerstone Bible Church Cemetery.
        The Willard family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the nursing staff at Pine View Assisted Living Center, The Good Samaritian Society nursing facility, Windom Area Hospital, and Compassionate Care Hospice for all the care Ray received, and their support to the family.

Cornerstone Bible Church

Cornerstone Bible Church Cemetery