In Memory

Robert A. Willits

Robert A. Willits

As classmate Jan Crocker Prewitt noted, we have lost a lot of classmates in the last year. The known number of classmate deaths since High School is now at 60!

Just heard from classmates Barb Alt Lovingier and Mara Thomson Stone that "Bobby" passed away peacefully in Falls City, Oregon, on January 4, 2022, due to natural causes. Bobby was well-liked and a great classmate of ours. Bobby was a cousin to the Alt triplets.  He reminded classmate Gail Peterson of Mickey Dolenz from the Monkees. Classmate Lois Hold Matherly said he was a fun guy to be around. He could make others laugh and was a favorite of Mara's mom. Classmates Debbie Finnegan Smith and Dale Bosley Palas remember Bobby's love of motorcycle racing. He was classmate Christy Day Pierce's 1st love at Washington Junior High School. Mara confirms Bobby always had a crush on Christy. Classmate Jim Slover characterizes Bobby as a "happy-go-lucky guy." Fashion aficionado and classmate Wally Carlstrom noted that Bobby was always stylish with his jeans and french cuffs, not American style. As classmate Janet Logan Pena wishes, may Bobby rest in peace. 

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01/08/22 02:41 PM #1    

Mara L. Thomson (Stone)

As we begin 2022, it breaks my heart that we have lost another of our classmates....this time Bobby Willits.  I have known Bobby since elementary school at Ernie Pyle.  Bobby was always the jokester and the ring leader.  I remember when the James Bond spy movies came out, Bobby started wearing glasses without glass in them and everyone followed suit.  Then it grew into rings that shot water and anything else that a spy would He always had such a good  sense of humor and it seems he never lost it.  I am so glad about that. I just hate a world without his light in it.  

01/08/22 05:29 PM #2    

Jim R. Yonce

Bobby was a great guy to know. From his sense of humor to his knowledge of motor cycles. If you needed help fixing your bike he was there to help you. Bobby raced desert,Moto cross and class A speedway bikes. Besides that he was just a good friend to hang with. He will be missed by many. Rest In Peace Bobby. 

01/09/22 12:58 PM #3    

Daryl Koops

I always admired Bob. I thought he was very bright and especially good in speaking and organizing his thoughts and statements. He had a charismatic personality that set him out in a group. If you lookup his hometown of Falls River, Oregon there is an interview with his at his local hangout. Once again you see the grip talk and conversation talents he possessed. Trivia question, what was the name morales on the side of his surfer van? I'm sorry to hear of his passing.

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