Troy R. Willis


Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2006


  Troy R. Willis

Troy R. Willis

Soldotna resident Troy R. Willis died Saturday, March 4, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 52.

A private family service will be held at Sterling Lutheran Church. Pastor James Pearson will officiate.

Mr. Willis was born Aug. 1, 1953, to Ed and Myrtle Willis in Tulare, Calif. He worked as a power plant engineer for Simpson Timber Co. in Washington state until an accident in 1980. He moved to Wyoming to hunt, fish and spend time outdoors. He enjoyed seeing wildlife in its natural habitat.

“He was fascinated by finding fossils and researching them. He loved to talk on the CB radio, especially when he connected with his brothers. In years past, he had a passion for bowling and volleyball. His lifelong dream was always to move to Alaska, and with the help of special loved ones, David and Kay, he achieved that dream in February and his dream was fulfilled,” his family said.

“Even though he wasn’t in Alaska long, he got to experience Alaska in all her splendor and we know he will be watching the animals and fish with a Pepsi in his hand.”

Mr. Willis was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Myrtle Willis of Soldotna; sons, Darren Willis of Shelton, Wash., Darrell Willis of Olympia, Wash., and Duane Willis of Shelton; stepchildren, Buddy, Ronnie and Danny Owens and Katherine Roberts, all of Washington; three grandchildren; brothers, Albert Willis of Farmersville, Calif., Henry Willis of Vancouver, Wash., and Clyde Willis of Toms River, N.J.; sisters, May Womack of Kellyville, Okla., Carolyn “Sue” Randleas of Osburn, Idaho, and Mary Cochran of Sapulpa, Okla.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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