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Norris "Gene" Willis

August 23, 1939April 23, 2020
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Willis, Norris "Gene", 80, of Wichita, Kansas went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday April 23, 2020 in Wichita. Gene was born the son of Harry and Mildred on August 23, 1939 in Wellington, Kansas. Gene and Janet were united in marriage on April 13, 1959 in Wichita. They celebrated 51 years of marriage before her passing in 2010. After serving in the United States Navy, Gene joined the Wichita Fire Department and retired as Captain after 21 years. He faithfully served the Lord and longed for others to know Him. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brother, Gary Willis. Survivors include his loving children, Donna (Rick) Baird, Scott (Sarah) Willis, Troy (Melissa) Willis, Linda (Brad) Goetz, brother, Harry Willis, sister, Carol Willis-Sznicer, 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Celebration of life service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Kansas Firefighters Museum, 1300 S. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67211 or a charity of your choice.


Norris "Gene" Willis

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Harry Simpson

April 26, 2020

The final bell has sounded and Norris is responding to the call. Godspeed Norris.

Fair winds and following seas sailor.
"Boatswain... Standby to pipe the side... Shipmate's going Ashore..."

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Kathi Haehl

April 24, 2020

I met Gene when we were out to visit Ashley and Andy one Thanksgiving. My dad was also a firefighter and I enjoyed Gene’s stories about his experiences as a firefighter. He also had many other ‘stories’ (jokes) that I really enjoyed. We played several games with him and had a good time. I know his family will miss him greatly and wish them peace and grace. He will always be with you. -Kathi

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