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Charles Francis Willis

February 2, 1953 — May 25, 2024



Charles “Butch” Willis, 71, passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2024 in Bryan, TX after a brief battle with cancer.  Butch was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, and brother.

He married the love of his life, Kathy, on May 27, 1972. Butch grew up in a military family and followed in his father’s footsteps by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1972 and served his country meritoriously for 20 years. During his service, Butch was deployed in Turkey, Egypt, and Germany many times being separated from his family for lengthy periods. Butch was decorated with multiple commendations including the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leak cluster as well as the Air Force and Joint Service Commendation Medals.

After retiring from the military, Butch moved his family to Bryan, TX in 1992 where he joined the City of College Station water department. After serving 23 years with the City, Butch retired in order to follow the activities of his beloved grandchildren.

Butch loved coaching his kids in baseball and softball as they were growing up and continued his love for sports watching his grandchildren play their respective sports. He also enjoyed fishing with friends and woodworking, but being “Papa” to his Grandchildren was the light of his life.

Butch was preceded in death by his father, William E. Willis.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Kathy Willis; his son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Sandra Willis, and his daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Charles Abraham; grandchildren, Tyler Abraham, Hannah Abraham, Will Abraham, Madelyn Willis, Jessica Abraham, and Matthew Willis; Sister, Cheryl Willis; niece and family, Stefanie and Kyle Yandell and children Molly and Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to be made in Butch’s name to the Brazos Valley Food Bank, Still Creek Boys Ranch, or a charity of your choice.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Hillier Funeral Home of College Station

4080 Texas 6 Frontage Rd, College Station, TX 77845

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