He was born April 13, 1939, in Devon, Kan., the son of John Eugene Hurd and Flossie Hall Hurd.
He married Linda Wiggans on Sept. 27, 1958, at Fort Scott.
Willis had worked for 38 years in the metal shop at Norvell. He was an avid collector and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, as well as raising chickens and goats.
He was a member of the Church of Christ at 15th and Crawford Streets in Fort Scott.
Survivors include his wife Linda of the home; a son, Chuck Hurd and wife Sonya, Fort Scott; three grandchildren, Charles Robison and wife Marissa, Fort Scott, Ryan Robison and wife Sabrina, Redfield, and Jayden Robison, Fort Scott; three great-grandchildren, Elena Robison, Sara Gort and Nicolas Farrington. Also surviving are two sisters, Beverly Brind and Marilyn Fowler, both of Fort Scott and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Gibbs and two brothers, Harold "Dutch" Hurd and Johnny Hurd, as well as his parents.
William James Schafer will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Clarksburg Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Sharing Bucket and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.