BRAIDWOOD-Daniel D. Willis, 65, of Braidwood, IL, formerly of Wilmington, IL, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home in Joliet, IL.
Born Jan. 27, 1952 in Saint Louis, MO, he was the son of Frank and Lola Mae (nee Luchini) Willis. Daniel retired from BP Chemicals in Channahon, IL in 2004 and continued his career with Flint Hills Resources, retiring from there in 2012. He had previously been employed at Olin Chemical. Daniel had many interests including painting, music, gardening and fishing. He was an avid collector of music albums, baseball cards and other unique collectibles. His yearly vacations to Florida and walking the beach picking up shells with his wife were amongst his most cherished moments. He derived much joy in the activities he did with his grandchildren and in watching them participate in their various activities and events.
Surviving are his wife, Cathie R. (nee Johnson) Willis, whom he married Sept. 29, 1973 in Joliet; four children: Shelle Willis of Braidwood, Danielle (Brian) Sanders, Jason (Shannon) Willis and Sarah Willis all of Wilmington; 12 grandchildren: Ava Willis, Danny and Gracie Sanders, Tyler, Zachary and Cameron Willis, Trent and Julia McCully and Kaylee, Gabbi, Joey and McKenna Morris; one brother, Rick (Pat) Willis of Channahon, three sisters: Kay (Butch) Thompson of Channahon, Robin (Keith) Haynes of Paducah, KY and Cindy Schumacher of Joliet and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Carol Nancy Willis.
Funeral services will be at the R. W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd., Braidwood Chapel, Thursday, March 16, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Greg Linkous officiating. Interment will follow at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Wilmington, IL.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 15, from 4-7 p.m.
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R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd., 401 E. Main St., Braidwood is in charge of arrangements.