Charles "Charlie" Edward Willers Jr.

October 25, 1942April 8, 2018
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Charles “Charlie” Edward Willers, Jr., age 75, of Conover, NC, passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, NC. Born October 25, 1942 in Queens, NY, he was the son of the late Charles Edward Willers, Sr., and Sarah Mae Hoss Willers.

Charlie was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Claremont, NC, and was a member and past president of the Catawba Valley Pigeon Racing Club. He won numerous awards and competitions racing pigeons. Charlie retired after 28 years with the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) where he served as a firefighter with Engine 91-2, Engine 5, and Engine 328. He retired as a Fire Marshall and was the first canine arson Fire Marshall with FDNY. As Fire Marshall, he did many public speaking arrangements regarding fire safety and fire education.

In addition to his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by his brother, Albert Willers.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jill Gonzales Willers of the home; daughters, Dawn Marie Frisbie and husband Ronnie of Holbrook, NY, Jessica Rhoton and husband Christopher of Greenville, SC, and Bonnie-Lynn Crenshaw and husband Will of Conover, NC; sons, William Willers of North Babylon, NY, Craig Willers and wife Sue of Fort Mill, SC, and Mark Gonzales of Charlotte, NC; sister, Marylyn Bohn of Mint Hill, NC; grandchildren, Alyssa Gonzales, Jalen Willers, Emily Willers, Christopher Crenshaw, Jacob Crenshaw, Caleb Crenshaw, Travis Frisbie, and Kayden Frisbie; niece, Jennifer Aiosa; and nephews, Christopher Willers and Steven Willers.

A service of remembrance will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church with Rev. Jason Sigmon officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Drum Funeral Home in Conover, NC, on Friday, April 13, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Condolences may be sent to the Willers family at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to: Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY, 10306.

The Willers family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover, NC.


  • Charles Edward Willers, Sr., Father
  • Sarah Mae Hoss Willers, Mother
  • Jill Gonzales Willers, Wife
  • William Willers, Son
  • Craig Willers and wife, Sue, Son
  • Mark Gonzales, Son
  • Dawn Marie Frisbie and husband, Ronnie, Daughter
  • Jessiva Rhoton and husband, Christopher, Daughter
  • Bonnie-Lynn Crenshaw and husband, Will, Daughter
  • Albert Willers, Brother
  • Marylyn Bohn, Sister
  • Alyssa Gonzales, Grandchild
  • Jalen Willers, Grandchild
  • Emily Willers, Grandchild
  • Christopher Crenshaw, Grandchild
  • Jacob Crenshaw, Grandchild
  • Caleb Crenshaw, Grandchild
  • Travis Frisbie, Grandchild
  • Kayden Frisbie, Grandchild
  • Jennifer Aiosa, Niece
  • Christopher Willers, Nephew
  • Steven Willers, Nephew


  • Receiving of Friends Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Service of Remembrance Saturday, April 14, 2018

Charles "Charlie" Edward Willers Jr.

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larry marshall

April 11, 2018

I 've always enjoyed talking to Charlie. We would talk for hours about pigeons. I will really miss him. He was a great friend.My prayers are with the family...A good friend, Larry Marshall

Bob Stec

April 11, 2018

I was a probie firefighter in Engine 5 , and worked with Charlie. H e was always smiling and had a good sense of humor. He was a gentleman as well as a terrific firefighter. He always took the time to explain and show me the right way to do things. He was a great mentor to me,and I went on to be a Chief.
I'll also remember Charlie for his kindness and big heart. Back in 78 my wife and I had our home broken into. We were very upset, but Charlie gave us a 10 month old German Shepherd at no charge to protect us. We loved that dog like a child and I always thanked Charlie for the happiness he brought into our lives. I'll always remember Charlie,and I hope that his family takes comfort in knowing how much joy he brought into people's lives.
Bob & Linda Stec
Vero Beach, FL
FDNY (ret)

Deborah Hall

April 10, 2018

Charlie was a good man with a great personality. I was honored to have known him. He will be greatly missed!He will suffer no more an smile always soaring with his birds an watching over his children an grandchildren from above with a big smile on his face ... Happy feeling no more pain an not suffering anymore, at last with our almighty father where there are no more worldly evils to harm an worry us ,just our fathers love all around us forever more!! Amen!!!!