Willis J. Leeper

Willis J. Leeper, Walnut Grove, passed away Dec. 27, 2019, after a short illness, at the age of 82.
He was born on Aug. 12, 1937 to Eldridge and Zetta (Bloomer) Leeper.
Leeper graduated from Walnut Grove in 1955. He was a natural athlete and excelled in basketball, foot- ball, and baseball.
Leeper married his high school sweetheart, Clara Creed in 1956 and they enjoyed 63 years together. To this union three children were born.
Leeper was a delegate of MFA Oil, served on Everton School Board, coached many years of little league baseball and little league basketball. He was also an active member, for over 64 years, of Walnut Grove First Christian Church, where he served as an elder.
Leeper was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Mary Hawkins; four brothers, George, Francis, Robert, and Joe Leeper.
Leeper is survived by his devoted wife, Clara; son, Tim (Lynetta); daughters, Tammy Cunningham (Alan), Tracey McCullough (Terry); nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, and two more on the way.
Visitation was from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019 at Wilson-Griffin Funeral Home, Walnut Grove. Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 at the funeral home, with burial following in Greene Lawn Cemetery, Walnut Grove.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Leeper’s name to Walnut Grove First Christian Church Building Fund and may be left at the funeral home.


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