Paul B. Willis, Sr. 92, of Milwaukee Rd, Jasper, NY found peace in the waiting arms of his Lord on Thursday (January 14, 2016) at his home in Jasper. Born in Andover on March 11 1923, the son of George Calvin and Susan (Flint) Willis.
His passion was Building Construction. He worked Road Construction for several years, and then spent 30 years employed as Foreman for Harold Ford, Inc. building Commercial Metal Buildings. Many of the former Big M buildings from West Virginia to the Thousand Islands had Paul as a Foreman during their construction. The last commercial buildings he built were the shop buildings at the Wellsville Campus of Alfred University in 1985. After retirement he was busier than ever. He bought Rental Property, and enjoyed remodeling of his own home and that of many others. He assisted in the kitchen remodeling at the Community of Christ Church in Greenwood, NY. At 88 Years young he bossed his final job, the remodeling of the old restaurant building in Knoxville PA converting them into offices for Penn York Accounting & Tax Service, Inc.
Paul was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting. When he was no longer able to trek in the woods, he got his share of deer from his tree stand sitting in the upstairs window over the back lawn. He loved to read, and spent many hours deep in Louis Lamoure Westerns. He was a great story teller and could go on for hours, and his jokes could go on for days. He loved music and enjoyed kicking up the evening dancing the night away. He could often be found in the garage tearing apart a motor or tractor, or at an auction buying box lots of “stuff” that would be so useful later on.
He is survived by his wife of 28 wonderful years, Vicki (Kinner) Willis, whom he married on July 23, 1988 at the Community of Christ Church in Greenwood, NY, His brothers William (Becky) Willis of Bath, NY and Lloyd Willis of Westfield, PA. He also is survived by seven children Gary (Debby) Willis of Andover, Duane Willis of Jasper, Paul (Jennifer) Willis Jr of Jasper, Vicky (Merritt) Black of Jasper, Tammy (Jerry) Taft of Jasper, Susan (Ernest) Kubiak of Canisteo, and 5 stepchildren Roger (Angelette) French of Sacramento, CA, Clifford ( Betty ) French of Swansboro, NC, Sharon Taylor of Canisteo, Meridith (Scott) Leubner of Rochester, Alexis (Charles) Geiger of Almond, and Scott (Kristen) Dixon of Jasper, Nieces, Nephews, 22 Grandchildren, 8 Step grandchildren, 45 Great Grandchildren and 13 Great Great Grandchildren and many wonderful friends.
Paul was predeceased in death by his parents George Calvin and Susan (Flint) Willis, wife Gladys Odell Prutsman, wife Anna Drake Willis, his Sister Angela Zeh, Brothers George Willis, Otis Willis, and Herald Willis and grandson Jason Black.
His wife, Vicki and the Willis Family will be present to receive friends at 11:00 am Saturday January 23, 2013 at the Community of Christ Church, 2666 State Route 248, Greenwood, NY for a Memorial Service in his honor. Please join us as we celebrate together the life of Paul Willis with music and fellowship. Please bring your memories of recent and old to share with us. There will be dinner following the service.
Memorial donations can be made to the Community of Christ Food Pantry in lieu of flowers if that is your desire.
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