Edgar Leon Willis of West Chester

Edgar Leon Willis, 94, of West Chester, formerly of West Grove, died Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Pocopson Home. He was the husband of Carol McCleary Willis who died in 2003, and with whom he shared 20 years of marriage.

Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Water Willis and the late Frances Bryan Willis.

He was a machine operator at Hewlett-Packard, Avondale, for more than 25 years, retiring in 1997. After his retirement, he worked as a security guard at several places, including the Pocopson Home. He was also a part-time police officer in the boroughs of West Grove and Avondale.

He was a graduate of Avon Grove High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the US Army, with the 3940thQ.M. gasoline company stationed in Germany, France, England and Normandy, as a gas tank/truck operator.

Mr. Willis was a lifetime member and a past assistant chief at the West Grove Fire Company (75 years), where he was the oldest living member and also a lifetime member of the Avondale Fire Company. A member of the Chester County Fireman’s Association, where he served as the treasurer for many years and a charter member of the VFW Post 5467 in Kennett Square.

He enjoyed family picnics/dinners and picking on everyone including the staff at Pocopson Home.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at Pocopson Home for all they did for him. They were his adopted family.

He is survived by one son, Charles L. Willis; one daughter, Betty Kramer (Glenn Quillin) of Oxford; one step-son, Richard Eller (Rose )of New Castle, Del.; one sister, Helen Carlin of West Grove; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by one brother and two sisters.

You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, 250 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA.  His Funeral service will follow at 11:30.  Burial will be in Oxford Cemetery, Route 10, Oxford.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the West Grove, Fire Co., P.O. Box 201, West Grove, PA 19390.

To view his online tribute or to share a memory with his family, please visit www.griecocares.com

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