Paul Winter Willits Jr.

December 6, 1922December 4, 2012
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Paul Winter Willits, age 89, beloved husband, devoted father, loving grandfather and great grandfather died Monday, December 4, 2012 at Clark Retirement Community. Paul was born December 6, 1922 to Dr. Paul Winter Willits and Alice Jane Reese Willits. Paul grew up and attended school in our area and graduated from Ottawa Hills High School. Paul attended Northwestern University, graduating after obtaining a degree in accounting and business. During World War II Paul served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Asian Theatre and fought in the campaign for the liberation of the Philippines Islands. Paul had a long and distinguished career and retired from Butterworth Hospital after 30 years as accounts manager. Paul joined Trinity United Methodist in 1935. He served as church treasurer for 20 years. He was their longest continuously active member. Paul was a longtime member of Kiwanis Club and well known for his volunteer work in our area. Paul married Alice Carey in 1950 and they were married for 62 years. He was preceded in death by a sister in law Sadie Carey. Besides his wife Paul is survived by his children Paul W. Willits III, Diane (John) Hamel and Tamsen (Lew) La Dou; ten grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; a brother John C. (Beverly) Willits; sisters in law Nancy (George) Zeto and Carole Belkle; brothers in law Thomas ( Julie) Carey and Calvin Schumack also many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Paul’s life will be held Monday, December 10, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at Clark Retirement Community Chapel, 1551 Franklin S.E. Grand Rapids, MI with Rev. David Nellist and Rev. Tim Tuthill officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or Special Olympics. To view Paul’s life tribute and leave a message go to


  • Visitation Monday, December 10, 2012
  • Celebration of Life Monday, December 10, 2012

Paul Winter Willits Jr.

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January 22, 2013

So very sorry...just heard. We lived next door and they are/were both family to us. Our prayers are with you all.
The Baxters

Jack & Darva Hornbach

December 11, 2012

Dear John & very sorry to hear about Paul. Hope you two are doing well. We miss seeing you.
with love & sympathy
Jack & Darva

Mary Lee Vander Kaay

December 11, 2012

Dear Alice & Family - My mother, Elsie Willard (Mrs. Robert), and I were so very sorry to hear of Paul's passing. You and Paul were such dear, long time friends to my Mother & Dad. We know how deeply Paul will be missed by all of you. May all your wonderful memories help sustain you over the coming weeks. Our deepest sympathy to all of you for your loss. Elsie Willard and Mary Lee Vander Kaay

December 10, 2012

Sorry to hear about your loss, Paul. Your father lived a good life and sounds like a very special person. My condolences. Bob Stellini

Judy Beckler

December 10, 2012

Diane, I am so sorry for your loss. I loved knowing your father. He was a very special man. I have wonderful memories of the times spent with you and your parents. May Gods love be with all of you during this time. I send my love to you all, also.

December 9, 2012

Dear Diane,
I am so sorry at the loss of your wonderful father. Please know that you and your family are in my heart and prayers. May God's peace be with him.
Linda MacDonald

December 8, 2012

Our condolences of the loss of Paul,Phil & Ellen Van Hammen

Jill Granger

December 5, 2012

Paul is missed dearly already. I enjoyed looking at the pictures. I can tell what a wonderful husband, father, and grand father he was.