Mount Ayr Record-News, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, January 24, 2002
OBITUARY - MARVIN HOUCK WILLETT
Marvin Houck Willett, son of Eber J. and Faye WILLETT and step-son of Percie SMITH, was born July 15, 1918 and was called
to rest at Tomball Hospital in Tomball, Texas, January 13, 2002, at the age of 83 years, five months and 28 days.
On February 2, 1935, he was united in marriage to Lois Mae AUSTIN and to this union three children were born. Lois Mae
AUSTIN WILLETT passed away June 8, 1990.
On April 3, 1992, he was united in marriage to Lois BOHAM COOPER. Lois COOPER WILLETT passed away February 17, 1998.
He grew up in Carbon, Iowa. He served honorably as a coxswain in the United States Navy during World War II. He resided
in Creston, Iowa, Urbandale, Iowa, Marshall, Arkansas and Tomball, Texas during his adult life.
Marvin was a loving and beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He was a good man and we will
miss his warm and smiling presence in our lives.
Marvin was preceded in death by his father, Eber WILLETT; step-father, Percie SMITH; mother, Faye SMITH; step-brothers,
Orville SMITH, Harold SMITH; step-sister, Edna SMITH PEHRSEN; his wives, Lois AUSTIN WILLETT and Lois COOPER WILLETT; and
a brother, Wilton James WILLERT.
He is survived by his sons, James R. "Bob" of Urbandale; Gary Lee of Union, Iowa; his daughter, Janis WILLETT GURNSEY of
Shenandoah, Texas; his sister, Helen WILLETT SOURM of Hillsboro, North Dakota; eight grandchildren and 17
great-grandchildren; four stepchildren: Phillip, Kathy, Linda and Jim Cooper; and 12 step-grand-children.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 19, 2002 at Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr with Pastor
Rick HAWKINS officiating. Debbie CANNON was the organist. Casket bearers were Jim WILLETT, Marvin WILLETT, Randall GURNSEY,
Steven GURNSEY, Don WILLETT, Dave WILLETT and Greg FREEMAN.
Marvin was laid to rest in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Iowa. Military graveside rites were conducted by Ringgold
Post #172, American Legion.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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