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David Arlen Willett
David Arlen Willett, 78, passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at his residence in Nineveh.
He was born March 27, 1935, in Connersville to Foster S. Willett and Alma (Carraway) Willett.
He married Louise Willett on June 30, 1956. She preceded him in passing on Dec. 28, 1995. He later married Deloris (Dee) (Miller) Willett on Aug. 10, 1996. She survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Richard A. (Jo) Willett of Falmouth and David A. Willett of Muncie; a daughter, Toni Menden of Bloomington; a grandson, Ben (Judi) Willett of Richmond; a granddaughter, Katie (Rick) Lemen of Connersville; and two great-granddaughters, Stephanie and Mary Willett of Liberty.
He was preceded in passing by his parents; wife, Louise; brothers, Jackie, Norman and Rudolph Willett; daughter-in-law, Mary Willett; grandson, Dominic Willett; and great-grandsons, Dominic Lemen and Jody Willett.
David joined the National Guard on Feb. 3, 1953. He worked at the Connersville Armory as supply sergeant for several years. He was a member of the ceremonial unit for many years. He then went to Camp Atterbury and worked at OMS 2 and UTES until his retirement in March 1995. He served 42 years with the National Guard and had many memorable experiences.
He was a member of Nineveh Masonic Lodge No. 317, F&AM, where he was a past master, and of the Nineveh Chapter No. 466 of Order of the Eastern Star, where he was a past patron. He was a member of Order of the Amaranth, Daylight Court and Alice Court; Murat Shrine, York Rite, Knights Templar, Commandery, American Legion and White Shrine of Jerusalem.
Ivan Lancaster will conduct a service at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 N. Morton St. (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, where a Masonic ritual will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. A committal service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Dale Cemetery in Connersville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Research Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311; and/or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
Online condolences may be made at www.flinnmaguire.net.
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