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David Arlen Willett, 78, passed away Thursday, December 26, 2013 at his residence in Nineveh.
He was born on March 27, 1935 in Connersville to Foster S.and Alma Carraway Willett. He married Louise Willett on June 30, 1956. She preceded him in passing on December 28, 1995. He later married Deloris (Dee) (Miller) Willett on August 10, 1996. She survives.
Other survivors include sons, Richard A. (Jo) Willett of Falmouth,and David A. Willett of Muncie; a daughter, Toni Menden of Bloomington; a grandson, Ben (Judi) Willett of Richmond; a granddaughter, Katie (Rick) Lemen of Connersville and great-granddaughters, Stephanie and Mary Willett of Liberty.
He was preceded in passing by his parents; wife, Louise; brothers, Jackie, Norman and Rudolph Willett; daughter-in-law, Mary Willett; grandson, Dominic Willett; and great-grandsons, Dominic Lemen and Jody Willett.
David joined the National Guard on February 3, 1953. He worked at the Connersville Armory as Supply Sgt. for several years. He was a member of the ceremonial unit for many years. He then went to Camp Atterbury and worked at OMS 2 and UTES until his retirement in March, 1995. He served forty-two years with the National Guard, and had many memorable experiences.
He was a member of the Nineveh Masonic Lodge No. 317, F & AM where he was a Past Master and a member of the Nineveh Chapter, Order of Eastern Star No. 466 where he was a Past Patron. He was a member of the The Order of The Amaranth, Daylight Court and Alice Court; a member of the Murat Shrine, York Rite, Knights Templar, Commandry, the American Legion and the White Shrine of Jerusalem.
Ivan Lancaster will conduct a service on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 North Morton Street, (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. Friends may call on Monday, December 30th, 2013 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home where a Masonic ritual will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. A committal service will be conducted on Tuesday, December 31st at 1:30 p.m. at the Dale Cemetery in Connersville, Indiana.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Research Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22311 and/or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
Online condolences may be received at www.flinnmaguire.net
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