Robert Eugene Willey


Robert Eugene Willey, 67, passed away Friday, March 11, 2016, at the Richard L. Roudebush VA hospital in Indianapolis. He was a resident of Trafalgar.

He was born on April 9, 1948, in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, to Francis and Mary (Gibson) Willey.

He married Brenda Joyce (Basham) Willey on June 27, 1970. She lovingly survives. He is also survived by his mother, Mary Lautenbach of Whiteland; sons, Robbie (Tammy Murray) Willey of Franklin and Brian (Julie) Willey of Shelbyville, Tennessee; son-in-law, Jamey Conrad of Brookville; brother, Mike (Carrie) Willey of Whiteland; sister, Deb Willey of Colorado; grandchildren, Austyn (Whitney) Willey, Ashlyn (Jake) Cooper, Lexi Willey, Alyssa Willey (Cody Weldon), Blayke Willey, Klayton Willey, Elyzabeth Willey, Brylye Willey, Ariel Conrad and Taylee Conrad; and great-grandchildren, Maggie Weldon, Riley Cooper and Hallee Cooper.

He was preceded in passing by his father; stepfather, Harold Lautenbach; sister, Judy Lautenbach; nephew, Mike Willey; and daughter, Brandi Conrad.

Bob was a 1966 graduate of Franklin High School.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1968 to 1970.

After returning from the service, Bob worked at Producer’s Marketing Association.

He was a farmer and worked for Franklin Community High School as a bus driver for 38 years. He later was employed by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department for nine years.

He was a member of Honey Creek United Methodist Church.

He was a former 4-H Leader and served on the Johnson County Fair board. He also served on the Franklin Boys Club board, the Johnson County Farm Bureau Inc. board and the Needham PTO board.

He was an avid collector of John Deere and Coca-Cola memorabilia.

Rev. Brad Miller will conduct a celebration of Bob’s life at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 N. Morton St. (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin. Military honors will be conducted by the U.S. Army and the Franklin American Legion Post 205 Honor Guard.

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