John Willaman

February 11, 2012

John L. Willaman, 74, of Rossville, IN passed away Saturday, February 11, 2012 at St. Vincent Hospice, Indianapolis. He was born on April 20, 1937 in Toledo, OH to Jarvey Willaman & Catherine L. (Murphy) Nagler. He married Jacquelyn A. Cole on March 5, 1960 in Terre Haute, IN and she survives. Mr. Willaman was a manager at Sonoco-Crellin for 19 years, retiring in April of 1999. His memberships include, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th Degree, Lions Club of Rossville and Elks Club of Frankfort, Angel Hill Senior Golf League and the Angel Hill Coffee Club. He started a parochial football clinic in Danville, IL and coached football for 20 years at Schlarman High School. John loved to travel with his wife in their motor home, enjoyed woodcarving, was very strong in his faith and loved his children and grandchildren. Surviving along with his wife are 2 Sons: Jay Willaman of Georgetown, IL and Jeff (Cindy) Willaman of Fairmount, IL; 2 Daughters: Jill (Shannon) Cloud of Rossville and Janna (Darrell) Petty of Frankfort; Brother-in-Law: Dean (Candi) Thompson of Danville, IL; 6 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather, Arthur Nagler and sister, Catherine Brown. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 14, 2012 from 4-8 p.m. at Archer-Weston Funeral Home and Cremation Service. A Rosary and Knights of Columbus service will be 8 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 15th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the St. Vincent Hospice on Payne Road, Indianapolis, envelopes will be available.

Condolences

13 Condolences for “John Willaman”

  1. Pam Young

    Dear family, My heart and prayers go out to you all. What a special man John was. I enjoyed working with him at Crellin and seeing him later in years come in at Wal-Mart. He always had a kind word to say and he was a very caring man. I know he will sadly missed. Heaven got sweeter when John walked in! But know that with the way this old world is going you will see him again soon in that land where there is no more hurting and no more good-byes. Your friend Pam Young

  2. debi merritt-thomas

    Words can not say how sad I am to hear of John’s passing. He came to be one of my favorite people at Crellin. He was a very good man.

  3. Fred & Annette Stenger

    Dear Jackie & family, We were very surprised and deeply sorry to hear about John’s death. He was certainly a very special man, loved by all. We know that he will be missed by everyone, but he is now one of God’s special helpers and will be looking over you and all the family. Our prayers are with you in this great time of sorrow.

  4. Ray and Pam Brotebeck

    So sorry to hear about John’s passing, but he is finally at peace and I am sure he will be taking care of you from above. You are in our thoughts and prayers Jackie, you have had a long and hard road to follow. Know we love you and are sending you our hugs across the miles.

  5. Joni Spears

    Jackie and family, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. May God give you the strength you need throughout the follow days ahead. I’m grateful to have gotten to know John and all of you.

  6. jerry boutin

    Jackie, I just heard about John, My deepest sympathies to you and your family.I know only too well what you are going through. Jerry

  7. HAROLD & SARAH FETTERS

    WHAT A SHOCK! OUR SYMPATHIES. HOPE BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES SUSTAIN YOU DURING THIS TIME O SORROW. SARAH AND HAROLD

  8. Dan and Marcia Banyas

    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of John. We always enjoyed visiting with John at the KCIC -he was a very caring and hard working person. His love for you, Jackie, always showed! May he rest in peace.

  9. Phil Trimble

    It isn’t possible to visit you folks during this sorrowful time as I’m suffering with a bad cold but wish to let you know that my heart is burdened in John’s passing. He was one of those special people that you were immediately drawn too. Same person every time that I occassioned his presence.May God rest his sole and give comfort to those who meant so much to him.

  10. STUART BEARDSLEY ( CHUBS )

    I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. YOUR HUSBAND AND FATHER HAD A BIG INFLUENCE ON ME WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MAN. JOHN,JAY AND JEFF ALL TREATED ME AS IF I WERE ONE OF THE FAMILY. I WOULD NOT BE A PRACTICING CATHOLIC TODAY IF IT WAS NOT FOR YOUR FATHER. HE TOLD ME ONE TIME, CHUBBY LIFE IS HARD AND IF YOU KEEP GOD FIRST IN YOUR LIFE,HE WILL SEE YOU THROUGH THE HARDEST OF TIMES. GOD,FAMILY,JOB. THATS WHAT HE TOLD ME,AND HE WAS RIGHT. MRS. WILLAMAN I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY THAT WILL HELP AT THIS TIME, JUST REMEMBER YOUR HUSBAND TOUCHED ALOT OF HEARTS, WHILE ON THIS EARTH. AND ONE OF THOSE WAS MINE. MAY GOD BLESS ALL THE WILLAMAN FAMILY. LOVE AND PRAYERS. STUART (CHUBS)

  11. Molly Sheehan

    Mrs. Willaman, Jay, Jeff, Jill and Jana: Please accept my condolences for the lose of your father, husband and best friend. He was a wonderful man who loved his family and will be missed by all of you. Please know that he is in Heaven now, free of pain and discomfort. And please know that to live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die. Margaret is always with me. My best memory of him was standing in the middle of Grant Street waiting for a car that kept speeding by and he made them stop!! I thought, he is going to get killed! An example of his many efforts to protect his kids!! Respectfully, Molly Sheehan

  12. Rich Pate

    Besides knowing Nick as a basketball and football coach, I had the pleasure of getting to know him as a golf partner at what was then Vermilion Hills. The terror of having him drive full speed down the hill at number eight will always stay with me. The fun we had as KC members will also be with me, as well as the times he and my dad Zic had together. Dad was especially talk about their cooking together at La Salette. That was one group of guys that knew who to have fun. I will miss the great handshake, and the way Nick always asked about our family. Rest in peace, and my condolonces to his wondeful family.

  13. Sue & Tom Porritt

    Jackie, Sorry to hear about John. Love and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless all of you Sue & Tom

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