Meadville Tribune

November 24, 2013

Richard Gerald Willey

Meadville Tribune

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Richard Gerald Willey, 71, died at his residence, 24401 Wilkie Road, Cambridge Springs, on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, following a battle with cancer.

He was born on March 8, 1942, in the Brown Hill area of Rockdale Township and lived there all of his life. He was a son of the late Gerald L. Willey and Martha Jane Dean Willey. On Aug. 23, 1974, he married the former Brenda Kay Boardman and she preceded him in death on April 25, 2010. On June 6, 2012, he married the former Sandra Baker and she survives.

Richard was a dairy farmer and pipe fitter from 1950 until 1960 and was employed by Norm Rabel Construction of Albion from 1960 until 1986. He then was an heavy equipment operator until his retirement in 1995.

He enjoyed hunting and spending time with family.

Surviving Richard, in addition to his wife, are 12 children, Lisha Araujo, Angel Starr and her husband, Thomas, Carl Cooper and his wife, Misty, Tina Ramsey, Candy Jones and her husband, Moe, Dianna Huffman and her husband, Scott, Trina Benzel, Richard Willey Jr. and his wife, Shannon, Rebecca Boylan, Patrick Boardman, Lynn Willey and his wife, Heather, and John Willey and his wife, Jennifer; two stepchildren, Scott Baker and his wife, Kim, and Stacey Bienio; 33 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Calling hours are Tuesday from  7 to 9 p.m. at Van Matre Family Funeral Home, 335 Venango Ave., Cambridge Springs.

The funeral is Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Brown Hill United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Mary Stewart and David Acker officiating.

Interment will be in Loomis Cemetery.

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