Burton Willard, a Richardson resident since 1946 passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017.
Although born in Arkansas, Burt's family moved to the McAlester, Oklahoma area when he was a year old, where he lived until moving to Richardson. Preceded in death by his parents, William Madison and Syntha Pearl Wilson Housley; his wife of 66 years, Jeanne Ownsby Housley and his brother, Robert Housley. Burt is survived by his daughter and her husband, Sheila and David Greer; his son and his wife, Clint and Laurie Housley; grandchildren, Nick and his wife, Ashlee and Chance Housley; Harley and Lily, Shelby and Mercedes. He is also survived by three sisters Florine Crawley of Ardmore, Oklahoma; Lida Harper of Jessieville, Arkansas; Dortha Tarrant of Forreston, Texas; six nephews and six nieces and countless others whom Burt held close and dear. Burt owned Housley Fence Company since 1953. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Richardson and was a member of the U.S. Army during World War II, where he served in the 105th Infantry, 27th Division in the South Pacific. He was in New Caledonia, New Hebrides, the Carolinas and Okinawa, where he was in heavy combat until the end of the war. He served as a gunner of an 81mm mortar. Burt was sent to Japan immediately after peace was signed, where he later served as 1st Sergeant in the Military Police, having the responsibility of the city of Tokyo, Japan with 283 men serving under him, at the young age of 21. He was in the U.S. Army Reserve in the CIC until 1951.
Visitation will be held at Restland Funeral Home, Sunday, September 23, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Restland Memorial Chapel, Monday, September 25, 2017, at 11 a.m.
Published on September 22, 2017