William Earl Willard

William Earl Willard

Coach Bill Willard

February 5, 1934

May 15, 2008

William Earl Willard passed away at his son's home in Salem, Ore., from a long illness. Born in Coquille, Ore., to Loren and Lorena Willard. He served in the U.S. Navy in New Orleans and Guam. He graduated from University of Oregon. Willard taught and coached in the following Oregon high schools: Monroe, 1960-1963, Brookings, 1963-1965, Klamath Falls, 1965-1970, and Rogue River, 1975-1993. His teams won numerous State Championships.

Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Velita Batty-Willard; daughters and sons-in-law, Lorita and Mick Cushman of Medford, Ore., and Juli and Bill Miller of Portugal; son, Bob of Salem; foster-son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Sue Knipe of Camano Island, Wash.; grandchildren, Jim Huddleston, Greg and Steven Miller, Mac and Shenan Knipe; sister and brother-in-law, Lorna and Roy Seller, four nieces, Patty, Diane, Sharon, and Marcia Zeller; and nephew, Gary Carroll. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Jerry.

Services will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 with a Celebration of Life at 4:00 p.m. at Bellfountain Community Church (near Monroe, Ore.)

Visitation will be held from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, Salem, Ore. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

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