Master Chief John Thomas Willmon Sr., 72 of Staunton, died December 14, 2019, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born on September 2, 1947, in Kansas City, KS, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Carl Willmon. He married Patricia Ann Hartman in Raytown, MO and she survives.
He served in the US Navy for 32 years. He graduated from Turner Highschool in 1964. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Staunton, Staunton VFW, Staunton American Legion, and the National Rifle Association. His hobbies included baseball, coaching, woodworking, and writing.
He is survived by his wife, Patty Willmon of Staunton; daughter, Kathreen Willmon (husband Russell) Bollinger of Holt, MO; two sons, Kenneth (wife Stasi) Willmon of Kansas City, KS and John (wife Amy) Willmon Jr. of Kansas City, KS; four grandchildren, Tanner, Hunter, Gabe, and Lillian; one great-grandson, Mason; two brothers, Fred Willmon and David Lee Willmon; sister, Norma Ruth Houston; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl Willmon and Lee Willmon; and one sister, Winnie Mae Lee Willmon Ponder.
A visitation will be held Friday, January 17, 2020, from 1 to 4 PM at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton. The Staunton Military Honor Guard will conduct Military Rites at 4 PM at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to Tunnel to Towers.