Garfield Arthur Willis 92 of Shelbyville, IL, passed away at 8:10 AM Saturday, Mar. 19, 2011 in Shelbyville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Garfield, son of Arthur and Ada Lee Willis, was born July 31, 1918 in Shelbyville. He graduated from Shelbyville High School.He and his family held the contract for delivery of the Decatur Herald Newspaper and delivered the Daily Union Newspaper in Shelbyville for many years.He was employed by Zelma Dillow at Dillow`s Drug Store in Shelbyville.
Garfield served his country by serving in the United States Army during WWII and was a highly decorated war veteran of the Normandy, northern France, Ardennes and Rhineland campaigns.He was a life member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4829 and Roy Vanderpool American Legion Post #81 both of Shelbyville.
Garfield found the Lord in 1980 and was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Shelbyville.
He was a very talented man.He loved music and played the harmonica and the saxophone for family and friends.He was a gifted artist working in the medium of oil on canvas. He painted a portrait of his grandfather which proudly hangs in the Court House Inn restaurant in Shelbyville.
Garfield enjoyed the community park in Shelbyville, and spent many hours watching children swimming and playing there. He served asthe official “Straw Boss” during construction of the new Shelbyville Family Aquatic Center.
Garfield has no surviving family members but had a host of many close friends and acquaintances including: Martha Mars, Christine Whitlatch, Shirley Milestone, Russ Peterson, Christy Christner and Gary Young all of whom attended to his needs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Geraldine Willis and brother Rondale Willis.
A celebration of Garfield’s life will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2011 in the Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Pastor Greg Breeden and friend Christy Christner will officiate. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until time of the service on Tuesday at the funeral Home.Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in Shelbyville. Military rites will be performed by the Shelby County Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the Shelbyville Family Aquatic Center.