Cud Million Willis
January 31, 1932 — October 31, 2020
Cud was born January 31, 1932 in Powell Co, Kentucky to Elsworth and Mable (Franks) Willis. Both are deceased.
He came to Indiana at 4 years of age, residing in Chili, Mexico and Peru, then settling in Bunker Hill, Indiana on 218 on a farm on the north side of the base with his parents and 5 sisters: Fontilla (deceased), Lula Mae (deceased), Maxine (deceased), Nancy (deceased) and Betty (deceased).
He plowed many garden plots in and around the city for extra money. He graduated in 1952 at Bunker Hill, Indiana and was soon drafted into the Army, going to serve in the Korea War as a tank mechanic in 8/1952 and was discharged as a Cpl in 8/1954. He then started working at the Peru City Utilities in September of 1954 as a truck driver, and continued on up to a truck foreman by 1969. He climbed a lot of poles in all kinds of weather and repaired many lines and lights to many homes in Peru.
He met his wife Shirley Irene (Malott) in October of 1954. She was only 16 years old and on May 29, 1955, they were married at St Paul’s EUB Church of Peru. He left the City of Peru Utilities in March of 1969 for the Utilities Dept. at GAFB Civil Service until his retirement there in March of 1997 as an Electrical Installation and Maintenance Supervisor - again working in all kinds of weather and conditions, keeping the runway lights working, and even proving that he could stand on his head on the water tower at GAFB.
Cud and Shirley raised 6 children together. Ronald E. (Berniece) Willis; Converse, David A. Willis; Florida, Thomas E. Willis; Peru, Patricia I. (Chris) Breedlove; Amboy, Linda S. Smoot; Peru, and Susan K. Harding; Kokomo. They also have 22 grandchildren with 2 deceased, and 17 great-grandchildren.
Cud enjoyed fishing, raising chinchillas and was a member of the Knights of Pythias.
Visitation will be held from 12pm – 2pm on Friday, November 6, 2020 at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 West Third Street, Peru, Indiana. Funeral service will follow at 2pm, with Dallas Decker officiating. Burial will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery in Peru, Indiana.
Memorial contributions may be made to Premier Hospice.
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