Bob Willoughby was born on May 17, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan, and died in Houston, Texas on October 17, 2011, at the age of 85.
At the age of seventeen he quit school at Enid, Oklahoma and joined the United States Navy to serve during World War II. During the next three years, he spent two years aboard the USS Nehenta Bay, a small aircraft carrier, which during his tour of duty was in six major engagements in the South Pacific. When he was honorably discharged, he was proud of the mustering out payment of $100 that he had in his pocket.
He returned to Detroit, where his mother and siblings lived and worked at Dodge truck plant for a few years. Then he moved to Las Animas, Colorado, where he worked with farmers and finished high school. After graduation, he married Nellie and divorced after nineteen years. In May 2011, he celebrated the 60th anniversary of his graduation from high school with classmates in Colorado.
His career included working at Conoco, met his wife, Kay, and got married on February, 29, 1972, and Multi-Lift Conveyors. He obtained a position at Brothers Coffee, which moved him to Houston, Texas. After he left Brothers, Bob worked with the homeowners association becoming president, where he still served at the time of his death.
Left to Honor his memory is his wife, Kay, who happily married him 39 years ago, a sister and brother, three surviving children from his marriage to Nellie, and Kay's three sons, whom he helped raise, grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.