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John Willsey



Mr. John William Willsey 76, a long time resident of Goldendale, passed away on Thursday, August 7, 2014 with his wife and family by his side.

John was born on March 3, 1938 in Booneville, Ark., to Blayne and Bernice Willsey. He graduated from Muse High School with the class of 1957 and in 1958 John attended college to study Electrical Engineering until he enlisted in the Air Force in 1960 where he was stationed at Larson AFB in Moses Lake, Wash., and worked on the B-52's and KC -135's.

John and Wilma were married on July 27, 1963 in Sunnyside, Wash., and moved to Goldendale Wash., after completing his service with the Air Force. He worked as a laborer on the John Day Dam for six years, then opened a furniture store on Main St. in Goldendale until he and his wife bought and operated Golden Lanes bowling center. John also worked as a long haul trucker, operated a vending business, and several other small businesses while operating the bowling center with his wife.

John was a member of the Freemasons, Goldendale American Legion, and Goldendale Jaycees. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, bowling, golfing, woodworking and traveling.

John is survived by his wife and love of his life, Wilma Willsey, his son Rodney Willsey (Cheryl); his grandchildren Jasmine Steele, Jamie Willsey, MacKenzie Willsey and Breanne Willsey and daughter-in-law Deborah Willsey. He is also survived by his sisters, Patsy Snow (Dale), Billie Ruth Willsey and Bernice Willsey (sister-in-law). John is preceded in death by his son Jamie Willsey, his parents, two brothers (James and Blayne), and sister (Rebecca).

Funeral services will be held at Columbus Baptist Church (815 N. Columbus) on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.


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