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John Willet Jr.

January 6, 1946 — August 7, 2019

John Ronald Willet Jr. passed away peacefully at Mountain’s Edge Hospital in Las Vegas Nevada on August 7th, 2019 at the age of 73 after many years of battling kidney disease. Born on January 6th, 1946 in Ann Arbor Michigan, John was the son of John Ronald Sr. and Martha Alice (Murphy) Willet. He was a faithful and devoted husband to his wife, as well as a loving father to his daughter. He often gave his time selflessly to others and always made sure his family was his top priority.

John served his country as an active member of the United States Air Force and also retired after working over 25 years for U.S. Airways. A true Patriot, John loved his country and often spoke of and displayed his love proudly through many means such as lively conversations and colorful t-shirts. He had a passion for helping others, from spending weekends handing out home-made sandwiches to those who were homeless, to endless Springs and Summers spent volunteering his time coaching little leagues, he touched the lives of many. John had a kind heart, a true love of life, and all things baseball! Over the years, John thoroughly enjoyed seeing and helping the children in little leagues grow and develop their skills.

John is survived by his wife, Josephine L. (Leysa) Willet, brother, Richard W. Willet, sister, Shelia D. (Willet) Engle, daughter, Holly M. (Willet) Cook, son-in-law, Brien J. Cook, and granddaughter, Courtney G. Anderson. He is preceded in death by his parents and his granddaughter, Grace E. Cook.

Funeral services will be held on August 22nd, 2019 at 11:20am at the Southern Nevada Veterans Cemetery in Boulder City, NV. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Veteran’s Foundation at

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Starts at 11:20 am (Eastern time)

Southern Nevada Veterans Cemetery (Boulder City)


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