Robert Bruce "Bear" Willett, 75, of Hannibal, passed away at 4:24 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018 at his home.

Robert Bruce "Bear" Willett, 75, of Hannibal, passed away at 4:24 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018 at his home.

Friends and family are invited to Bruce’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 2018 at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal.

Private Burial will be at the Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal.

Bruce was born Dec. 2, 1942, in Hannibal, to Robert M. and Marilena Caldwell Willett.

Survivors include one daughter, Dawn Marie Willett Dysinger of Paulding, Ohio; two brothers, Brad Willett (Donna) of Hannibal and Brent Willett of Mexico; three sisters, Becky Judlowe (Marty) of New London, Beth Lewton (Gus) of Mexico and Brandee Willett of Hannibal; and three grandsons, Justin, Zachary (Megan) and Seth. Bruce is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents and his longtime companion, Carolyn Vance.

Bruce served his country in the United States Marine Corps.

Professionally, Bruce retired from Continental Cement Co. in Hannibal, where he was mostly recently working in the operations area.

Prior to his career at the cement plant, Bruce enjoyed his profession as a welder in construction of numerous major local area projects (Cannon Dam, Cyanamid) and earlier in his life as an over the road truck driver, often traveling all over the country. In his younger years, Bruce enjoyed riding the many motorcycles that he owned. His traveling in recent years was in his pride and joy red Ford truck which he always kept spotless. Collecting different guns, collecting Budweiser steins and memorabilia, working in his yard, caring for his flowers, reading a good mystery, or when his health permitted, visits to the YMCA to workout were all activities that Bruce enjoyed. Sometimes remembered for his “gruff and tough,” persona Bruce had a heart of gold and never failed to help those close to him. Thursdays meant trips to Quincy with his mother, Marilena for their weekly date that consisted of purchasing Lotto tickets, lunch at Kelly’s and a trip to Hy-Vee. He also enjoyed watching old westerns, classic car auctions and sports on television, especially football.

Bruce was also a Mason and a member of the Hannibal Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post #55. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to the Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post #55.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com