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Robert "Bob" Lockard Willard, M.D., 96, of Leland, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born on April 19, 1920 in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, the son of Benjamin Harrison and Grace (Lockard) Willard.
He attended Oberlin College, where he met his beloved Virginia Hufford before graduating in 1942.
While attending Western Reserve Medical School he was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he served as a flight surgeon for five years.
He married Virginia on Aug. 12, 1944.
After completing his residency in ophthalmology at Northwestern School of Medicine, he went on to establish his practice in Toledo, Ohio. He was as greatly respected by his patients as he was by his colleagues.
He and Virginia raised four daughters in Toledo, Ohio, before retiring to Leland in 1989.
Bob loved life and embraced it to the fullest. He had passion and energy for everything he pursued from medicine, golf, photography, literature and horticulture to his favorite sports teams. But, Bob reserved his greatest passion and energy towards living an exemplary life devoted to caring for others, his patients, community, church, family and friends.
Dr. Willard is survived by three children, Judy (Jim) Moor, of Ellicottville, New York, Nancy Willard, of Olympia, Washington, and Sally (Alan) Veenstra, of Winnetka, Illinois; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to his beloved wife of 67 years, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan (Francis) Gorman, of Toledo, Ohio; and his brother, Jack Willard, of Scottdale, Pennsylvania.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 8, at 11 a.m., at Leland Community United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Leelanau Conservancy, 105 North First Street, PO Box 1007, Leland, MI 49654.
Please share memories and condolences with the Willard family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on April 5, 2017
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