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Frank Willis



Frank Willis, 63, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at his home in Kalispell, Montana.

Frank was born September 28, 1950 and was raised in Goldendale, Wash. He was active in the Future Farmers of America and showed livestock at the Goldendale and Toppenish fairs.

Frank left high school and joined the Army during the Vietnam war. He became an Airborne Ranger Special Forces and was awarded a Purple Heart during his second tour in Vietnam.

Frank moved to the Tri-Cities area and worked in a muffler shop, the Boise Cascade paper mill, and owned a livestock feed store.

He was a loving husband and devoted father. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, but his true passions were his family and horse racing. Frank was a race horse trainer and horses that he trained ran in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Canada.

Frank was preceded in death by his father and mother, George and Geneva Willis.

He is survived by his loving wife Delisa, his son Justin Willis (Tess) of Mandan, N.D., his daughter Shannon Willis of Seattle, Wash., his daughter Kimberly Willis of Ephrata, Wash., his step-daughter Stacia Denton of Helena, Mont., his step-daughter Amanda Fowler (Chad) of Soldonta, Alaska, his sister Sharon Little (Don) of Georgetown, Calif., his brother Gary Willis (Laura) of Montesano, Wash, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

At Frank’s request, no service is planned.


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