ARTHUR -- Walmer E. “Wally” Willoughby, 89, of Arthur, passed away at 7:34 a.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018 at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 13, 2018 at the Vine Street Christian Church, 249 S. Vine Street, Arthur, with Rev. Bob Silvanik officiating. Burial will follow in the Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Shrader Funeral Home, 431 S. Vine Street, Arthur. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.
Wally was born January 24, 1929 in Lovington, the son of Martin and Pearl Sarver Willoughby. He married Lorene “Renie” Hale on July 24, 1948 in Pocahontas AR. They just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary July 24th.
Surviving are his wife, Renie, and his children, Janette Hall and husband Lou “Butch” of Grand Rapids, MI; Judy Kondrup and husband Pete of Viroqua, WI; and Jeff Willoughby and his wife Katie of Plover, WI; 9 Grandchildren, 14 Great-Grandchildren; 2 sisters, Fay Sawyer and husband Larry of Arthur; Alice Eli and husband Jim of Crofton, KY; and a brother, Floyd Willoughby of Chula Vista, CA.
Wally was preceded in death by his daughter, Jill Atkinson and 2 brothers, Lawrence and Glenn Willoughby.
Wally graduated from Lovington High School class of 1946 where he was part of the 1945 undefeated football team. They were rated 4th in the state and the team crushed their opponents that year scoring 420 points to 12 in the 8- game season. Immediately following high school he decided to marry his high school sweetheart, Renie. They eloped to Pocahontas, Arkansas and returned home to Lovington to start their 70 years together. He worked various jobs starting out and had a stint in farming before settling in to a long sales career which included selling John Deere equipment. He was an avid fisherman and loved to catch pan fish, walleye, or anything that he could fry up and would jump at the chance to head to Lake Shelbyville with anyone willing to cast a line. Gardening was also a passion of his. Growing home-grown vegetables was always on his mind … especially tomatoes, which he was still growing up to his last day. He had a witty sense of humor that the family referred to as Wallyisms … for example “I’m full as a tick … handy as a pocket on a shirt … never cook bacon naked … I’m too sexy for my shirt and one of our favorites was when he was with his brother, Glen, and got pulled over for speeding, Wally told the policeman you might as well give him two tickets because we’re coming back the same way. He was a huge fan of country music and tried to recruit new fans by playing it over and over … and over. One of the things that pleased him most was spending time with his family and creating memories that will last forever. The swing in the backyard was his happy place and you would often find him sitting out back with an icy pop and big smile on his face. Although his family will miss him dearly, we know he is looking down on us and coming up with another Wallyism probably something like … stop the fuss and get back on the bus!
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vine Street Christian Church, 249 South Vine Street, Arthur, IL. 61911.
Online condolences to the family can be shared via: hilligossshraderfh.com