Kenneth Grant Willis, 69, was born April 14, 1952, to Richard Oliver Willis and Anne Wertz- Willis of Satsop, Washington. Ken was one of seven children who spent his time outdoors hunting, fishing and working on vehicles.
Ken graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1970. Then in 1973, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was promoted to a corporal and served until 1977.
Later in 1977, he met Wanda Woolsey, his true love and future wife of 38 years. In May of 1980, their love story began, and they tied the knot on Dec. 30, 1983.
Ken enjoyed his career as a truck driver, hauling logs around Western Washington and Northwest Oregon. He also treasured spending time outdoors casting a line into the Satsop River alongside his friends and family.
Ernest Hemingway said, “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”
Ken departed on Dec. 12, 2021, at Harbor Regional Hospital.
He was a loving husband, an attentive father, proud grandfather and a loyal friend.
Ken is preceded in death by his parents Richard and Anne, his brothers Ronald Willis and Richard “Oly” Willis, and his sister Kellie Knutson.
Ken is survived by his wife, Wanda Willis, and his four children: Kenneth Willis Jr,. Sarah Krippelcz, Lillian Willis and Crystal Willis. He also leaves behind his eight grandchildren: Tanner Krippelcz, Ryly Oliver, Edward Krippelcz, Quinnton Krippelcz, Jacob Hall Jr., Taylor Churchel, Kendra Churchel and Keeton Getchell. Ken is missed by his siblings, James Willis, Sandra Willis, and Marcia McCormick.
Ken had a giving spirit, wit, and wisdom. His kindness impacted many lives during his journey. Ken was a friend, mentor and father figure to Paul Oppelt and Richard “Clint” Cooper. Memories of his infectious smile, strength and unbeatable resilience will forever be cherished. Ken will be deeply missed and loved eternally, because a life that touches others lives on forever.
A date for his celebration of life is to be determined.
Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Twibell’s Fern Hill Funeral Home in Aberdeen, Washington.