Daniel Willis, 92, native of Posey county
and a virtually lifelong resident of Posey county and Southern Illinois died at Saturday (27 Feb 1954) at the Maxey Nursing Home in Evansville where he had
been a patient with a broken hip for several months.
The body has been brought to the Weisinger
Funeral Home in Mt.Vernon. The funeral service will be at Wednesday in the Weisinger
chapel. Burial will be in Old Beech cemetery in East Lynntownship.
Officiating clergymen will be Elder E. T. Fleener,
Evansville, of the PrimitiveBaptistChurch, and Rev. Arthur Blackburn, retired
Posey county General Baptist minister.
Mr. Willis was the head of five generations at the time of his
death. He was born in Posey countyJune
1, 1861, the
next to the youngest child of George Willis and Mary Ann Padgett Willis.
In September, 1884, he was married to Jane Causey and to this
union five children were born Mrs. Ovella Willis Saltzman, formerly of Evansville and now ill at her
daughter's home in Phoenix, Ariz; Mrs. Cora Willis Bennet, Wooster, Ohio; who is due to arrive in Mt. Vernon
today, Mrs. Flossie Willis Barger, Armona, Calif; Lee Roy (Lollie) WillismUllin, Ill., and David
Earl Willis, Bakersfield, Calif, Mr. Willis also is
survived by a stepdaughter, Mrs. VercieUlen, Ullin, Ill., 11
grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and six - great great
The deceased was
a farmer during his entire active life, first in Posey county
and when at Ullin, Ill, where he moved his family in February,
1904. In 1920, the Willis family moved to Dexter, Mo., where Mr. Willis farmed for six years
before returning to Ullin. Mrs. Willis, the
wife, died in Ullin in December, 1929 after which Mr.
Willis returned to Indiana, making his home in Mt.Vernon and later in Evansville where he resided with his daughter, Mrs.
Saltzman, for several years before she became ill.