Dec. 9, 1925 — May 14, 2014
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Albert Ernest Willis, known as “Ernie” to his friends and neighbors, passed away on May 14, 2014, at the age of 88. He was the son of Walter Reed Willis and Permelia Beal. He was born in Lamesa, Texas, served in the Navy Air during World War II and the Korean War and was a lifetime member of the VFW.
Ernie met his wife, Marian Sophie Fabian, at the Moffett Field Air Station in Mountain View, Calif., where she was serving as a Navy WAVE. They were married in 1944 and settled in the Bay Area. Early in his career, he worked as an electrician and lineman for PG&E and the City of Palo Alto. He became a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and then began a 25-year career with Cupertino Electric, retiring as a foreman. After retirement, he and Marian moved to Kelsey, where he became active in the restoration of the Kelsey School and later served on the Board of Directors for the Kelsey Cemetery.
Ernie is survived by his wife, Marian; son, David; daughter, Deborah; and grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Tamara, Rachael and William; and great-grandchildren, Patrick and Lucia.
Ernie will be inurned at the Kelsey Cemetery and services will be held at a later date. He will be missed dearly by all who were blessed to know him. Contributions in his name may be made to VFW Post 9241, 6297 Main Street, Georgetown, CA 95634.