Willis Anthony Jordan

March 19, 1948October 30, 2018
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Willis Anthony Jordan 70, of Peoria passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born to Willis and Anthonetta (Banks) Jordan on March 19, 1948 in Peoria IL. and had one brother, Martin. They all preceded him in death. He married Linda (Byrum) Jordan and they had three beautiful children together. Willis graduated from Spalding High School in 1966. After high school , Willis attended Spoon River College. While enrolled there, he was drafted into the United States Army. During the Caterpillar layoff starting in 1982, Willis joined the United States Air Force and returned to work at CAT in 1986. He received an honorably discharged after his proud years of service. Later in life, he received two associate degrees and a Bachelor degree from University of Illinois in Springfield.

Willis was known in Peoria for coaching basketball at Mark W. Bills Grade School for over 20 years. He enjoyed playing baseball and softball in leagues around town for over 40 years and even participated in the senior league up into his 60’s. Willis also played on a basketball league for CAT after proudly working as the Engineer Analyst retiring in 2009. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. When he wasn’t busy, he collected and painted soldier figurines and collected vinyl music. He loved sports and jazz.

Willis loved his family and cherished being a grandfather. He is survived by Linda Jordan; his three beautiful, devoted and loving children-Kemal(Larissa) Jordan, Marcel(Samantha)Jordan, and Kayla Jordan; four grandchildren; Kai Lynn Jordan - 8, Kaiden Jordan 7, Mya Jordan - 5 and Kingston Jordan- 1; and a host of cousins. A special thanks to Cynthia Porter for the love and support over the years. Willis will be greatly missed.

Cremation rites have been entrusted with Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton in Peoria.

A Visitation will be held 5:00-7:00pm on Friday, November 9, at Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton.

A Funeral Service will be held 10:00am on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton.

Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Peoria.

Donations may be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association. For more information please visit


  • Willis Jordan, Father
  • Anthonetta (Banks) Jordan, Mother
  • Linda Jordan, ~
  • Kemal (Larissa) Jordan, Son
  • Marcel (Samantha) Jordan, Son
  • Kayla Jordan, Daughter
  • Kai Lynn Jordan-8, Kaiden Jordan-7, Mya Jordan-5, Kingston Jordan-1, 4 Grandchildren
  • ~ many ~, Cousins

  • American Alzheimer's Association


  • Visitation Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 10, 2018

Willis Anthony Jordan

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Marcel Jordan

January 29, 2019

Pat and Dad Cubs vs Yankees 2011

Marcel Jordan

January 29, 2019

2011 World Series. St. Louis vs Texas

Kayla Jordan

January 19, 2019

KAYla Jordan

December 17, 2018

Missing you immensely today. Love you

Alec Morris

November 22, 2018

Willis Anthony always treated me with patience and respect. To me, he lived the example of who I want to be as a human being. I'm gonna miss you cousin.

Edward Johnson

November 16, 2018

To Willis’ Family & Cynthia,

I am very sad to learn of Willis’ passing. Willis was a pleasure to work with at the Caterpillar Engine Center in Mossville, IL. As an Electrical Engineer in Facility Engineering many of my projects would have not been accomplished without Willis’ knowledge. I went to Mark Bills school to help Willis with a student education project. My wife, Diana, and I met Cynthia through Willis.

I hope your many happy memories will help you get through this most difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

With deepest sympathy,
Ed Johnson (Cat MEC Retired)
Peoria, IL.

Nicole Duprey (Trau)

November 15, 2018

Let me start off by saying I send my love and condolences to the Jordan family.

Where to begin with memories is the question?! Willis...I can remember back to 2nd grade when I first met him while playing softball at the Christian center with Kayla. He always made us laugh, made us mad and pushed us to be the best we could be both on and off the fields. Never a dull moment when Big Will was around. He would always find something crazy to say to embarrass or make Kayla mad when she was with all of her girls but knew just to laugh it off because that’s who Big Will was. He was the dad that always wanted to kick it with the kids. He would drive us to games, drop us off at the cool high school games (we were only in middle school) and end up staying and watching the whole game while us girls just ran around the stadiums and gyms like we were grown looking for the boys. After he would want to talk to us about the plays and how we could do them. He was always thinking of how to better us. He made an influential impact on so many peoples lives that we won’t ever forget and are thankful for as we look back on our childhoods while raising our children today and telling them stories of when we were there age. Thankful Willis for all you did for us. We won’t ever forget the memories. You will be missed ❤️

Rudy and Ginny Hajny

November 10, 2018

RIP Willis. You touched a lot of lives and we will miss your smile and joy.
I have a lot of good memories from Sacred Heart and Spaulding when we were classmates.
Condolences to your beautiful family.

Jerry W. & Derrea J. James

November 9, 2018

Condolences to the Jordan Family, Willis was a very good coach and friend. Praying for strength during this time. Thank you for sharing Willis with us.

Jack Carrigan

November 8, 2018

Just got my PC out of the repair shop, to get memory loaded. Willis and I first met in High School
( Spalding 1962 -1966 ) Next, Spoon River College. We made contact again after we both went to work for Caterpillar in the 70s.
After we retired 9 years ago, we did spend time catching up on family and friends . We both belong to the American Legion Post 979. We would try to get together for their Tuesday $5 lunch at least twice a month. We would talk quite a bit about old times and share our separate Military stories.

Jack Carrigan