Derek L. Willbanks, 36, of Republic passed away at his home on Sunday, March 26. He was born Oct. 16, 1986, in Springfield, to Vicky (Sekscinski) Hagler.
He graduated from Republic High School with the class of 2005. He then enlisted in the US Army, honorably serving his country for four years, 13 months of those on the front line in Iraq. He had two children, Aubrey and Kaiden.
He is survived by his mother Vicky Hagler, of Republic; grandparents Lynn and Charlene High of Billings; uncle and aunt, Terry and Cathy Sekscinski, of Billings; uncle Stan Sekscinski of Billings; many cousins, including Joey McMahon, as well as many other extended family members and friends.
Willbanks is preceded in death by his dad Bruce Hagler, aunt Margaret Sekscinski and uncle and aunt, Joe and Dixie Seitz.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Meadors Funeral Home to help the family with funeral expenses.
A visitation was held on Monday, April 3, at Meadors Funeral Home. He will be buried at Missouri Veterans Cemetery on Tuesday, April 4, with full military honors.


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