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Claude Willis Jr., 64, Ramsey

Claude Charles Willis, Jr., 64, of Ramsey, Illinois, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2022, at his home.

Claude Willis Jr.

Claude Willis Jr.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, September 1, 2022 at the Ramsey Baptist Church, Ramsey, IL, with Pastor Jeff Shouse officiating.  Burial will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Rural Ramsey, IL, with Military Rites by Ramsey American Legion Post #460. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, August 31, 2022, and 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday, at Ramsey Baptist Church, Ramsey IL. Memorials: Ramsey American Legion Post #460. Miller Funeral Home, Ramsey, IL, is in charge of arrangements. Online memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

Claude was born August 17, 1958, in Flora, IL, the son of Claude Charles & Rosie Mae (Tidwell) Willis Sr. He married Karen S. Wilson on May 23, 1981 in Ramsey, Illinois. Claude retired from the Vandalia Correctional Center and served in the U.S. Army. Throughout the years he served Ramsey in many ways: Fire Chief, Village Trustee, Mayor, and was a member Ramsey American Legion Post #460 and a former member of the Bingham Baptist Church, Bingham, IL. Claude was a loving husband, dad & papa.  He loved camping with the Roberts & Smiths and hunting with his son and grandkids. He loved Christmas time and dressing up as “Santa Claude”.

Claude is survived by: Wife – Karen Willis, of Ramsey, IL; Son – Jason Willis & Kayla, Ramsey, IL; Daughter – Jennifer Koski & Jason, Ramsey, IL; Grandchildren – Mykennah, Hunter, Jazmyn, Hoyt, Jaxon, and Jayden; Sister – Jackie Smith & Ed, Vandalia, IL; Brother – Paul Willis & Stacie, Decatur, IL and Many Nieces and Nephews.

Preceeded in death by: His Parents; Sister – Paula Willis, and Niece Nikki Smith.