Robert James Willis my grandfather was born on April 7, 1907 to Elizabeth Ann Fash and Francis Willis. Grandpa's dad disappeared when he was eight years old. Nobody really knows what happened to him. My grandpa was very traumatized by the event and it left scars which he carried with him his whole life. My grandpa held a lot of different jobs but the one I remember most, he was a City of Peoria bus driver. One day he asked mom if he could take us for a ride on his bus route. Right in the middle of his route he stopped the bus, told his riders he was going to get his three granddaughter's some ice cream. If you don't like it get off and walk he told them. Nobody got off that day. Grandpa Willis spent a lot of time with us. He took us on wonderful little outings. Grandpa would go get aunt Laura then pick up mom and us girls and we were on our way to Morton, Il. to see our cousin, Irma Berger. Grandpa Willis died when I was only five and I took it very hard. That was my first experience with the death of a loved one. After grandma Ingersoll his mom died I found a lot of Catholic Jewelry mom told me it belonged to Francis Willis. She said she thought he and his family were Catholics but I can't be sure.

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Robert Willis Peoria, Il.

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This is the only photo we have of Francis Willis with Elizabeth his wife and son Robert

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Robert and his mother Elizabeth

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Cousin Irma Berger and Robert


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Robert and his mother Elizabeth Willis “Just for Fun.”

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Robert and his aunt, Laura Wolf and mother Elizabeth

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Robert and his class picture The Whittier School Peoria, Il.

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Robert and a school friend

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Robert and his car with Louise Matthison and Laura Wolf

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Robert and his 1st wife Blanche Conner

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Robert Daughter Betty and wife Blanch Conner

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Robert and his only daughter Betty Lois Willis

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Robert and Blanches new Pontiac

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Robert and another wife Vera?

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Robert Willis

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Robert Willis with his three granddaughters Wendy, Debby, and Jenny

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