Roy David Willis

Roy David Willis

August 23, 1944 – May 24, 2023

Roy Willis, 78, of Omaha Nebraska, passed away on May 24, 2023 quietly at his home.

Roy was born on August 23, 1944, to William and Pauline Willis in Pittsburg, Kansas. After graduating from Pittsburg High School in 1962, he went on to join the Army National Guard, honorably discharged as Sergeant E5 after 6 years of service.

During his time with the Army National Guard, Roy started his career with Vickers, kickstarting a 33-year career in Industrial Engineering.

In 1966, Roy met Marilyn Ewan after family members fixed them up. Roy and Marilyn married on August 9, 1968, and went on to have 3 children: Brian, Jason, and Jeff.

In 1999, Roy retired from Vickers, and spent his time selling real estate for 10 years after.

Roy will lovingly be remembered as a collector of many objects that were very valuable to him, always eager to help anyone in need with his innovative engineering skills, and someone always with a smile and making others laugh with his witty humor.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, William and Pauline Willis; sister, Betty Nachtigal. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Willis; children: Brian Willis (Katrina) of Omaha, Nebraska, Jason Willis (Kelly) of Bellevue, Nebraska, Jeff Willis (Karen) of Gretna, Nebraska; grandchildren: Steffen Wells, Shaun Willis, Skyler Willis, Alexia Willis, Kevin Willis, Annabell Willis, Logan Forney; his great grandchild, Layla Willis.

VISITATION: Wednesday, May 31st from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Thursday, June 1st at 10:30am at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St.  Interment with Military Honors at Omaha National Cemetery at 2:30pm on Thursday.  Memorials will be directed by the family.

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  • Tom Roper Posted May 26, 2023 7:19 am

    I am saddened to hear of Roy’s passing, he was a great guy. If I can do anything for Marilyn or the family, please let me know. Rest in Peace, Roy.

  • Barbara J Harrison Posted May 26, 2023 9:22 pm

    Marilyn & family, so sorry for your loss. I always appreciated his genuine smile & him as a partner or corner! Roy will be missed. Sending yellow rocks & caring thoughts & prayers! Barbara & Terry Harrison

  • Lisa (Marshall) Smith Posted May 26, 2023 9:28 pm

    Condolences to you and your loved ones during this time of grief.

  • Greg Dziurawiec Posted May 30, 2023 6:28 am

    Sending my condolences to the entire and extended Willis family. I am sorry for your loss.

  • Leanne Birkheimer Posted May 30, 2023 8:28 am

    My deepest sympathies during this difficult time.

  • Steve Feller Posted May 30, 2023 7:28 pm

    I am sad to hear Roy passed. God received a loyal servant. I have missed Roy and Marilyn since 2001 when most of us at Vickers found other careers. We moved to Fort Collins. Roy was a good engineer and friend. He was always had a smile, kind word or clean funny joke to make you smile or laugh. Stephanie and I are sorry for your loss Marilyn and family.

  • Dean Kinion Posted May 30, 2023 10:29 pm

    Roy and Marilyn have been our friends since 1967. Roy and I worked together for 30 some years our families grew up together. We were on the same bowling league , we went on a cruise together, had lots of fun square dancing, We are like family we will miss him . Marilyn we are just a phone call away. Praying for the family. We know that he has gone to a better place. Rest in peace my friend..

  • barbara reis Posted May 31, 2023 10:17 am

    you and family are in my [\prayers so sorry for your loss

  • Martha ROSS Posted June 1, 2023 7:15 am


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