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February 18, 1923 - October 8, 2021
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John (Jack) Willoughby 98 years young passed away Friday October 8th at 2:12 p.m. at Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center. Jack was born February 18, 1923 to Allen and Lillian (Burks) Willoughby In Springfield Oh. On May 18, 1943 Jack married the love of his life, Wilhelmina (Willie) Briem who preceded him in death. Together they built their life here in Lima, raising four children. Jack retired from Montgomery Ward, where he worked as a salesman in the major appliance department. He played and coached baseball for many years. From Little League to the American Legion ball team (1960 state champs) he made a positive impact. An Air Force veteran, Jack served his country during WW2.
Jack was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan. In 1963 he brought the Reds rookie of the year Pete Rose to Lima for a Baseball clinic at the American Legion post 96. Jack was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Elks, V.F.W. and the American Legion.
He leaves behind four loving children to cherish his love and memory. Linda Jo Smith (Brandon) of Sylvania Oh. Cynthia Ann Gummel (Jim) of Philadelphia PA. Timothy Willoughby of Lima Oh.
Jon “Jack” Willoughby (Carolyn) Los Angeles CA. Five Grandchildren; Timothy Ann Boose of New Port Richie FL. Zachary James Willoughby (Patti) Minerva OH. Kathryn Cody McElroy (Jon) Olympia Wa.
Jon Michael Willoughby Spencerville OH. Cindy Ruth (Dan) Philadelphia PA. Six Great Grandchildren;
Nicholas Willoughby (Tiffany) Minerva OH. Aiden, Grady and Santi McElroy of Olympia WA.
Tyler and Dylan Ruth of Philadelphia PA. and One Great Great Granddaughter
Alexandra Willoughby Minerva OH. He was preceded in death by his brothers Allen Willoughby of Washington Court House OH., Ray Willoughby of Lima, Bill Willoughby of Romulus MI., Bob Willoughby, Springfield OH. And two sisters Katherine (Katy) Ross Piqua OH. And Dorthy Willoughby of Springfield OH.
Visitation will begin Wed. Oct. 13, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at CHILES-LAMAN SHAWNEE CHAPEL.
Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at the First Baptist Church, with Rev. Allen T. Willoughby officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.