ORCHARD — Services for David Willats, 91, rural Orchard, will be Monday, Jan 27, at 10:30 a.m. at Cornerstone Bible Church in Orchard. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church.
Ashburn Funeral Home in Orchard is in charge of arrangements.
He died on Thursday Jan. 23, 2020.
David Lloyd George Willats was born to Robert and Florence (Moore) Willats on May 9, 1928, in Orchard.
He graduated from Orchard High School in 1945. He was a veteran of the Korean war. He married Dixie Lea Stevens on Nov. 17, 1956. To this union were born four children, two daughters and two sons.
David was a rancher/farmer all his life. He was active in the community, serving on the Orchard school board. He was a chairman for Antelope Mutual Insurance Company and on the weed board for 28 years. David was a founding member of Orchard Evangelical Free Church and served as a Gideon most of his life. David was a founding member of Ashfall Fossil Bed.
David went to be with the Lord on Jan 23, 2020. He will be remembered for his love of the land. He spent his final years in his side by side observing activities on the farm.
David is survived by his children: Marjorie (Charles) Cook of Verdigre, Linda (Howard) Dashiell of Potter Valley, Calif., and Bob (Vicki) Willats of Orchard. Also surviving are brothers Dale Willats of Erie, Pa., and Donald Willats of Scottsbluff; and many grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dixie; a son, William; sister Annie Marshall; brother Earl Willats; and his parents.