Herbert "Herb" R. Willette

February 18, 1949April 3, 2021

Herbert “Herb” R. Willette, 72, of Fairview Heights, IL, passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, IL.

Herb was born February 18, 1949 in East St. Louis, IL to Raymond Willette and Annie Murphy Kelso. They both preceded him in death.

He married Brenda Deering on October 9, 1970 in East St. Louis, IL. She survives and resides in Fairview Heights, IL. Together, they shared 50 wonderful years of marriage.

Also surviving is his son, Aaron Willette (Jayne Rettle); grandsons, Troy and Kyle DeRossett; four great-grandchildren; and siblings, Connie (Richard) Maker, Patricia Wilson, Priscilla (Jimmy) Tucker, Kay (Larry) Nichols and Frank Willette.

Herb attended and graduated from East St. Louis Senior High School. He was the lead mechanic for the City of Fairview Heights for 38 years. He also was a part-time Mt. Olive police officer, with 25 years of dedicated service. He served and retired from the Fairview Heights Fire Department after 10 years. Herb was a member of the Fairview Heights Elks Lodge #664 and within his 25 years, he held various positions, including trustee on the board of directors, lecturing knight, bar manager and also worked in the kitchen for their catered events. He was a member of the Blue Knights IL 14 Chapel Motorcycle Club.

Herb was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed working on cars, riding his Harley and being around friends. He was always ready to help others and share a good joke. We have some fond and funny memories of him and will always remember those special times.

In lieu of flower, please consider a memorial donation to the Elks Children Care Corp. Additional condolences may be sent to Herb’s family through this online guestbook.

VISITATION: A visitation will be held on Sunday, April 11, 2021 from 11:00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M. at Lake View Funeral Home, 5000 N Illinois St., Fairview Heights, IL 62208.

SERVICE: A memorial service will be held following the visitation, at 1:00 P.M. Interment will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


  • Memorial Visitation

    Sunday, April 11, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, April 11, 2021

  • Interment

    Sunday, April 11, 2021


Herbert "Herb" R. Willette

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connie maker

April 10, 2021

My sweet sis Brenda, I know your & Aaron heart is breaking. Thank you for taking such great & loving care, of my big brother and my best friend Herbie, for 55 years. He was such a great man. Every time he called me he would share that he was so proud of his Son Aaron. Herbie said others would shake his hand and tell him how good his son was.
Bless you for all the milkshake runs. And don't forget the onions, although not many will need them. We miss you Herbie & DITTO, SAME HERE.
God Bless you Brenda & Aaron forever in our prayers.
Connie Willette- Maker & hubby Richard.

Linda Spears Peters

April 6, 2021

Brenda, my heart is breaking for you. I know that Herb was your high school sweetheart and that you shared many years together. I pray that your love, memories, family and friends will help you through this difficult times.

Gene Shellito

April 6, 2021


Linda and I are saddened to learn of your loss. We are now living in South Carolina but would certainly be there with you at Herb's memorial service. We are with you in our hearts and minds Take care and God bless you,

Gene and Linda Shellito

Percy Tucker

April 4, 2021

Brenda and Arron I am so sorry you lost a loving husband and father and I lost a loving brother he will be missed from our life may all who share from his loss have a speedy recovery from grief and may we all remember and share our good memories of his wonderful life
With sadness and love I say thank you for letting me share
Percy tucker