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Willard E. ‘Will’ Wilburn

Wilburn Willard obit

Dayton native and Sidney resident Willard E. “Will” Wilburn, 79, passed away peacefully at 4:55 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton.

He was born in Carter, Ky., on Nov. 14, 1933, to the late Cricket and Chloe McGinnis Wilburn. He also was preceded in death by one brother, Glenn Wilburn.

On Oct. 28, 1965, Will married the former Janice A. Jennings and she survives in Sidney. They had been married for almost 48 years.

Will also is survived by his children, Sheree (Gary) Dearwester of Dublin, Steve (April) Wilburn of Columbus and Christa (Matt) Meyer of Anna; grandchildren, Travis (Jennifer) Whitsett, Sarah (Steve) Welsh, Leigh Anne (Patrick) Wenning, Shannon Wilburn and Maria, Jay, Andy and Emma Meyer; great-grandchildren, Brady and Carter Wenning, Nicholas and Katherine Whitsett, Tyler Hurley and Zach and Brooklyn Welsh; and special sisters- and brothers-in-law.

Will retired from D.E.S.C. Federal Government, after 42 years of dedicated service.

Will proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of the Beatty Freewill Baptist Church in Springfield.

He loved to fix and repair just about anything he could get his hands on. Will was a jack of all trades to those who knew him.

Above all, Will was most proud of his family. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all.

The Rev. Steve Wallace officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Monday at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, where visitation is from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Full military services are provided by the American Legion Post 217 of Sidney and the U.S. Navy Reserves. Interment is at Cedar Point Cemetery, Pasco.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Karen Wellington Foundation for LIVING with Breast Cancer, P.O. Box 6464, Cincinnati, OH 45201.

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