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Richard Willard

Richard Willard, 89 of Baltimore, passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at Fairfield Medical Center, Lancaster, following a brief illness. Richard was born on June 17, 1930, in Thurston, to the late Herman and Gladys (Brandon) Willard.
He was a 1949 graduate of Liberty Union High School and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict from 1951-1953. Richard was employed by Crown Zellerbach in Baltimore for 40 years and was a member of the Baltimore VFW Post 3761. He was an avid bowler, carpenter and gardener. In his later years, he enjoyed growing tomatoes, riding roller coasters, visiting with family and attending grandchildren’s sporting events.
Richard is survived by his sons, Rodney (Pam) Willard of Heath and Scott (Tami) Willard of Lewis Center; daughter, Susan (Mark) Leppert of Worthington; grandchildren, Danielle Willard, Carrie Willard, Stephanie Leppert, Madeline (Phil) Wessinger, Christian Leppert, Elijah Willard and McKenzie Turner; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 years, Lula (Draudt) Willard; his brothers, Jack and Robert Willard; two infant brothers; and daughter-in-law, Connie Willard.
Funeral service was held at August 30, 2019, in the Johnson-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Baltimore, with Pastor Jill Dunlap officiating. Burial followed at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, with military honors by the Baltimore VFW Burial Detail. Memorial donations can be made to Worthington Special Olympics.

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