Lyle Willard

Lyle Willard

Lyle Willard of Otsego, Michigan passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2011 in Kalamazoo. Lyle was born August 17, 1926 in Climax Township, Kalamazoo County, MI to Charles and Myrtle (Berger) Willard. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WW II in Japan. After returning from the service he worked as a papermaker at KVP, later becoming Crown Vantage, for over 40 years. However, Lyle’s passion was always farming which he enjoyed his entire life.

In 1948 in Kalamazoo he married Janette Mills who survives. Also surviving are his children, Bob Willard, JoAnne (Don) Crane and Steve (Cheryl) Willard; 14 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Lyle in death were 2 brothers, Lewis Willard and Duane Willard; and a grandson, Karl Grimm.

Cremation has taken place. Friends may meet with the family for a memorial luncheon Saturday, July 2nd at 11:00 A.M. at the Otsego V.F.W., 124 N. Farmer St.

Contributions in memory of Lyle may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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  1. Jo (Nuyen) Bill says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all – my second family for many years. Jo

  2. Jerry and Judy Shumaker - Plainwell says:

    To Lyle’s family. We were so sorry to see in today’s paper that you lost Lyle. We used to have coffee with him quite often when the Plainwell Harding’s was still downtown. He was a great guy and knew so much about alot of things and was very interesting to talk to. He will be sadly missed and we consider ourselves lucky to have known Lyle. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and that we extend our most sincere sympathy for your loss. Please take care now.

  3. Nick Cool says:

    To the Willard Family , I have lost a neighbor a friend , and my best friends dad . Lyle was a hard working man … some days all he knew was working and sleeping . He was a good livestock Farmer because he loved animals . I always looked forward to meeting him for coffee, because he never said much , but when he did you had better listen ! My sympathy to his family . Farewell you honored Veteran .

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