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Dennis D. Willard

November 28, 1955 ~ August 5, 2018 (age 62)

Dennis D. Willard, age 62, of West Point IL, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. He was born at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL to Glenn Donald and Dorothy (Gleckler) Willard and was the oldest of three children. He graduated from Southeastern High School in 1974 and graduated from Spoon River College with an associate’s degree in agriculture. Dennis served on the St. Albans Township and the Soil and Water Conservation boards for several years. He was a proud member of the Pork Producers of Hancock County and took pride in raising purebred Hampshires. Dennis and Donald started DDW Genetics and showed hogs nationwide. He was Superintendent of Swine in Hancock County 4-H for several years. He was a seed dealer for NuTech seeds, an avid Cardinals fan and enjoyed deer hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Willard, his two daughters, Deanna Willard and Rachel (Derrick) Bostic, his two sons, Jeremy (Brea) and Daniel (Amanda) Corrigan, his two granddaughters Ellie and Oakley Corrigan, his mother, Dorothy Willard, and his two sisters, Darla (Lance) Hurley, and, Donna (Tony) Newton, his nieces and nephews; Jared (Crystal) Hurley, Luke Hurley, Logan Hurley, Brooke (Matt) Lafrenz, and Jake (Sarah) Newton.

Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Donald Willard. He will be remembered as a gentle, bright, and loving man with the ability to smile in any situation and bring warmth to every place he visited.

Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at Bowen Christian Church in Bowen, Illinois, with burial to follow at the Bowen Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2 to 7 pm, with family meeting friends from 4 to 7 pm at Printy Funeral Home in Carthage.

 Memorials may be made to Deanna's education fund or the Hancock County 4-H.

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