Steven M. “Buffalo” Willis, Sr., 59, of rural Braymer, died at 6 a.m., Friday, June 15, 2007, at his home.
Buffalo was born on Dec. 12, 1947 in Erwin, Tenn. to Herman and Evelyn (Pederson) Willis. He married Belinda J. Klein of Marceline, on Sept. 3, 1994; she survives, of the home.
Buffalo was a truck driver for BP Amoco for 17 years before retiring in 2003. He had lived in the Kansas City, Mo. area before moving to the Braymer area seven years ago. He was of the Christian faith.
He was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran of the Vietnam War.
Other survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Steven M. Willis, Jr. and his wife, Marissa of Blue Springs; one daughter and son-in-law, Jeri Lynn and Charles Jagger of Montana City, Mont.; one step-son, Damian Hendricks of Licking; one step-daughter and her husband, Gina and Robert Dowell of Bucklin; five brothers and four sisters-in-law, Ronald L. and Linda Willis of Topeka, Kan., Walter H. Willis of Diann, Minn., Jerry R. Willis of Topeka, Kan., Doyle M. and LaRae Willis, Mitchell, S.D. and James D. and Linda Willis of Souris, N.D.; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation was held on Sunday, June 17, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond.
Graveside services were Monday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m. at the Graff Cemetery, south of Braymer, where Military graveside services will be conducted.
Arrangements are under the direction of Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond.