Willis S. Rosing Jr.

September 5, 1954June 16, 2020

Willis S. Rosing, Jr., 65, of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away on June 16, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family after a long and courageous battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). Willis was born in Davenport, Iowa, on September 5, 1954. He graduated from Davenport West High School (1972) and earned an Associate’s Degree from Scott Community College (1974). He met Anna (McDermott) Rosing in Davenport, and they were happily married for 34 years.

Before retiring in 2017, Willis’s forty-year career as a manufacturing engineer took him and his family from Iowa to St. Louis to Bowling Green to Winston-Salem—with brief stops in Mexico, Germany, China, and Belgium along the way. His last (and favorite) job as “Pops” brought him to Louisville to be closer to his daughter and twin granddaughters.

Willis had a larger-than-life personality. He made lifelong, loyal friends everywhere he went. He was strong, funny, and outspoken. He was an avid golfer and a lover of music. Nothing made Willis happier than washing his cars or vacuuming his house.

Those left to cherish Willis’s memory include his wife Ann, his daughter Julie Moad (Louisville), son-in-law Jeff Moad, granddaughters Isabel and Zoe Moad, mother Barb (Wolf) Lawton (Davenport), brother Jim Lawton (Davenport), sister Wilma Tilton (Williamsburg, VA), brother and sister-in-laws Tom and Liz McDermott (LeClaire, IA), Mike and Jill McDermott (Spring Green, WI), Patty and Dennis McGrath (St. Paul, MN), Peggy and Mike Ball (Davenport), and Mercedes Rosing (Davenport), and numerous nieces and nephews. His father, Willis S. Rosing, and brother, Michael Rosing, preceded him in death. May they rest in peace.

A memorial visitation to celebrate Willis’s life will be held from 2:00–5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2020, at Arch L. Heady & Son, at Westport Village, 7410 Westport Road, Louisville, KY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cure PSP ( or Hosparus ( Willis’s family extends sincere thanks to Hosparus of Louisville for the compassionate care and support provided.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 21, 2020


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Richard Peek

June 21, 2020

I am so very sorry. I met Bill at college and we hung around together for those two years. As said Bill made lifelong friends and I am proud to have known him. I often wondered where life had taken him after I lost touch with him. I am happy he had such a wonderful life and family. Also it was nice to see in the pictures that he still had that infectious smile of his! My sincere condolences to the family. Rich Peek


June 21, 2020

I am so sorry to hear Willis has passed and my heart goes out to all. Even though we have not been in touch for years, there was a comfort in knowing someone that I share so much of a past with was out there, with the same unique memories I have. I started to list some of the things we did way back when, but I think I'll just say we had a lot of great times. He was a one of a kind and will be missed.

Steve Eklund

Rich Killoran

June 20, 2020

So sorry to hear about Willis. I think of him every time I play the seventh hole at Oak Valley. I always enjoyed the day when I played with him. He was a great guy!

Gary Hicks

June 18, 2020

Condolences and I’m very sorry to hear about Willis passing. He was friend on the golf course, at the clubhouse and the pool. Ann, I know he will be missed and hope you are well. Fortunately, Willis is in a better place than continuing to suffer. God bless the whole family!!