Leonard Ross Willett


Born: 28 Sep 1922 in Tulare, Spink County, South Dakota, USA

Died: 8 Feb 2009 in Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota, USA

Father: George William Willett (1889 – 1978)

Mother: Mary Anna Spear (1896 – 1986)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: <private> Doane

Married: 21 Feb 1943 in Brookings, Brookings County, South Dakota, USA

Child: <private> Willett

Child: Laverne Lee Willett (1946 – 1964)

Child: <private> Willett

Child: <private> Willett


Leonard served in the U.S. Army from 12 April 1943 to 28 Dec 1945, leaving as an electrician technician 5th Grade. He then went on to receive a B.S. degree from South Dakota State College (SDSC) in Brookings, SD in June 1947.

He and <private> moved to California in 1951 to work for General Dynamics as a Senior Design Engineer in the Atlas Missile section. He retired 30 years later on 1 April 1981 and moved to the Black Hills.

He was active with the Boy Scouts of America for over 50 years, as well as with various church and singing groups, and was a lifetime member of the American Legion.

Change Date

This data was last changed on 5 Apr 2009, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

(see About Sources)

1930 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth]
A Spear Family History
by Michael Engelmann; [applies to birth]
Memorial Services Card (Emilie Ruth [Willett] Price)
[applies to name]
Obituary (Leonard R. Willett)
Rapid City Journal; Rapid City, Pennington County, South Dakota, USA; 11 Feb 2009. (Shorter version published on 10 Feb 2009.) [applies to name, birth, death, marriage, notes]
Private (Spear Birth and Death Dates Notebook)
Handwritten pages, many hands, many inks. Fragile binding and paper, but with numerous names and dates of birth or death. [applies to name, birth]
Record of Marriage (Leonard Ross Willett and Lavilla Maude Doane)
[applies to name, birth, marriage]