Bob Willett (Robert Louis) 52, of Hannibal, passed away at 1:16 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2013, at St. Louis University Hospital.
Bob Willett (Robert Louis) 52, of Hannibal, passed away at 1:16 p.m., Friday, June 7, 2013, at St. Louis University Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Hannibal. Father Mike Quinn and Deacon Troy Egbert will officiate. Burial will follow at Grand View Burial Park. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at Smith Funeral Home & Chapel in Hannibal, with a prayer service at 3:30 p.m
Bob was born on July 21, 1960, in Hannibal, Mo., the son of Bill and Martha (Powell) Willett. He married Lisa Kay Niemeier on October 14, 1978, in Hannibal, Mo.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa Willett of the home; parents, Bill and Martha Willett of Hannibal, Mo.; daughter, Annie Massie and husband Brent and grandson Chace of Hannibal, Mo.; two brothers, Joe Willett and wife Karla of Daphne, Ala., and Eddie Willett and wife Janet of Hannibal, Mo.; brother-in-law, Dick Adams and wife Judy of Slidell, La.; sisters-in-law Gayla Miller of Hannibal, Mo., and Cindy Morgan of Plano, Texas; five nephews, Nick Willett (Jen), Ben Willett, Beau Willett (Jam), Lucas Willett (Bree), and Chris Miller (Candi); five nieces, Sarah Miller, Stacey Loggins (Lyle), Emilee May, Khara Adams and Kimberly Adams; great nieces and nephews; several friends; and many extended “family” members.
He was preceded in death by mother-in-law, Evelyn Niemeier; brother-in-law, Gary Adams; and niece RaeLynne Adams.
Bob graduated from Hannibal High School in 1978. He worked at Gardner Denver until 1982. For the past 29 years he has been employed at Hannibal Carbide Tool, Inc. where he was currently Vice President of Operations.
Bob was a lifelong Hannibal resident. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council 907, where he was very active in many of the events and fundraisers.
On Friday nights during football season, one would find Bob on the sidelines of the football field where he enjoyed broadcasting for the Hannibal Pirates with KHBL. In other moments of his spare time, one may find him cooking up a meal for whoever was around. Most importantly, one would find Bob giving of himself around family, friends, and even strangers (if he could find one). He continued giving as he gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.
Pallbearers will be Mark Fohey, Steve Fohey, Kevin Fohey, Jim Fohey, Ron Pierceall, Jim Pierceall, John Pierceall, Dan Murphy, Tom Murphy, Chris Miller, Travis Fohey, Tanner Fohey, Nick Willett, and Ben Willett. Honorary pallbearers will be any past or current Hannibal Pirate Football players.
Memorials may be sent to Holy Family Catholic School or the Pirate Family Foundation, in care of Smith Funeral Home & Chapel, so that a scholarship may be established in his honor.