Kingwood Funeral Home

22800 Highway 59 North, Kingwood, TX


John Calvin Willett

January 22, 1937May 1, 2020

John C. Willett Jr., 83, a longtime resident of Kingwood, Texas, passed away on May 1, 2020 at home surrounded by family and friends.

Born in Ft. Worth, Texas on January 22, 1937, John was the only child of John C. Willett Sr. and Dorothy Johnson Willett. He attended Arlington Heights High School, Rice University and the University of Tulsa, where he was a proud member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He served as President (Consul) of the TU chapter in the spring of 1961 and graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He later received an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA.

John had a long and distinguished career with Shell Oil Company in Chemical Engineering roles. Throughout his 30+ years with Shell, he held various positions in Denver, New York City, Modesto and Mobile, AL before moving to Houston in 1980. In addition to his regular assignments, he was a valuable contributor on several corporate advisory committees. He retired from Shell in 1999, and continued to lend his experience and knowledge in a consulting capacity for many years thereafter.

Post retirement, John focused on philanthropy. He was particularly proud of serving on the Board of Directors of the YMCA’s Camp Cullen and the Including Kids Autism Center, while also supporting efforts at the University of Colorado and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (formerly Oklahoma Women's College). He also was an avid tennis player who greatly enjoyed socializing with his many friends. John was a devoted husband and father.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nan, and daughter Amy. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family and all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to the YMCA’s Camp Cullen (www.ymcacampcullen.org) or InKids (www.includingkids.org/donate/).


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Dennis Hughes

May 11, 2020

John was a Sigma Chi when I pledged at the U of Tulsa in 1959. John was one of the upperclassmen that when he spoke, you listened. He was the leader of our chapter and his leadership was unquestioned. John made good decisions but his dry sense of humor was always ready to emerge at the right time.

After graduation, we all went our separate ways, but the memories of the chapter, the Brothers, will always be with me.

John was a memory maker,

Dennis V. Hughes
St. Petersburg, FL

Stacy Hastings

May 7, 2020

Our family has always enjoyed John so much. He was always so welcoming and interested in the lives of others and would do anything that you ask of him and more. We will miss John dearly and we are praying for you, Nan and Amy.
Love you!
Stacy, Scott, Leah and Maggie

Kelli Hayes

May 6, 2020

Mr.Willet had a smile that lit up any room. He was always so kind to everyone. And was very patient with all of our pre -teen and teenage shenanigans. Heaven gained a remarkable
angel. Hugs and love to Nan and Amy, prayers to you both. Love you both.

Randy and Lisa Merritt

May 6, 2020

Mr. Willett was always so sweet and always smiled! Growing up, I remember being at Amy’s practicing for CMS cheer and him shaking his head at us because we were crazy and laughing..
Randy and I lived across from the Willett’s in Kingwood for a couple years and I felt like I had parents on our street. They brought cupcakes and treats over for our girls and always treated them so wonderfully! Love to you Amy and Mrs. Willett

Kristin Massey-McNeely

May 6, 2020

Mr. Willett you will so be missed. You were always a strong and positive supporter of all of us girls. I know God just received one incredible angel. Love you.

bill burton

May 4, 2020

John was a terrific guy, quite, funny and dependable. Clarita and I met Nan in Denver. She is a nice, smart lady who was a terrific partner to John. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Bill and clarita Burton
'Asheville, NC

Duke Griffey

May 3, 2020

Some Sigma Chi brothers always got your attention and John was one of those. To me he had a quiet manner about him but you knew you could depend on him as his brotherhood and integrity were ever present.
He was one of the bricks in the foundation of the Delta Omega Chapter of Sigma Chi @ the University of Tulsa. How fortunate for all of us.
Rest in peace, John, as our memories shall never fade away.
Blessings and prayers to family and friends.

Duke Griffey
Delta Omega

Doy Cole

May 3, 2020

I was saddened this morning to get a note from Brother Bob Newell of John’s passing. My first reaction was “he was a good soul, a good man” and one we all were proud to call friend and brother. We all lived together for several years in the Sigma Chi house at Tulsa and John and I shared the struggle to become Chemical Engineers. While our life paths strayed we stayed in touch. SuzAnne and I send our heartfelt sympathy to Nan and Amy and we pray for his soul. All honor to his name, John Calvin.
Doy & SuzAnne

Marilyn George

May 3, 2020

Dear Nan and Amy,
It made me so sad when I got this message yesterday. Please know that my thoughts and prayers have been with you nonstop. John and the two of you have always been very special to me and my family. I will continue to lift you up as you walk this path. Love and hugs until I can see you soon.
Marilyn George


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