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Leonard Ross Willett

Last updated 6 Apr 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

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

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

Father: George William Willett (1889 – 2007)

Mother: Mary A. Spear (1896 – 2007)

Supporting evidence for:
name

census-us-1930-ps-sd-spink-45-2a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Spink County, Tulare Township, enumeration district 58-45, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 237A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Spink > Tulare > District 0045" image 3; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2230 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341964]

Additional detail for reference: Line 4, dwelling 22

Comment: Source includes name (Leonard R. Willett).

misc-spear-date-notebook: Spear birth and death date notebook; multiple contributors; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Page 14 - September Births (cont).

Comment: Source includes name (Leonard Ross Willett).

marriage-willett-doane-1943: Record of marriage for Leonard Ross Willett and Lavilla Maude Doane (1943); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 4 Sep 2007) > “1943-1944” image 117; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Document includes name (Leonard Ross Willett).

memorialcard-emilie-price-2007: Memorial card (funeral program) for Emilie Ruth Price (2007); privately held

Comment: Source includes name (Leonard Willett).

obituary-david-willett-2017: Obituary for David William Willett (2017); Thelen-Hyke Funeral Home (https://www.hykefuneralhome.com: accessed 25 Apr 2018), single location (Redfield, South Dakota), published after 13 Feb 2017

Comment: Source includes name (Leonard [Willett]).

obituary-lavilla-willett-2017: Obituary for Lavilla M. (Carlile) Willett (2017); “Lavilla M. Willett,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 9 May 2020), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 2017 > 06 > 21 > main-edition" page A4; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 21 Jun 2017 (Wednesday), page A4, column 3”

Comment: Source includes name (Leonard Willett).

obituary-leonard-willett-2009: Obituary for Leonard R. Willett (2009); “Leonard R. Willett,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 11 Feb 2009 (Wednesday), page A4, column 1

Comment: Source includes name (Leonard R. Willett).

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birth

obituary-leonard-willett-2009: Obituary for Leonard R. Willett (2009); “Leonard R. Willett,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 11 Feb 2009 (Wednesday), page A4, column 1

Comment: Source includes date (Sept. 28, 1922), and city and implied state (Tulare, South Dakota).

census-us-1930-ps-sd-spink-45-2a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Spink County, Tulare Township, enumeration district 58-45, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 237A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Spink > Tulare > District 0045" image 3; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2230 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341964]

Additional detail for reference: Line 4, dwelling 22

Comment: Source includes age (7) and location (South Dakota). Using his age and the official census date of 1 Apr 1930 gives a birth date range from 2 Apr 1922 to 1 Apr 1923.

misc-spear-date-notebook: Spear birth and death date notebook; multiple contributors; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Page 14 - September Births (cont).

Comment: Source includes date ([September] 28 [...] 1922).

marriage-willett-doane-1943: Record of marriage for Leonard Ross Willett and Lavilla Maude Doane (1943); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 4 Sep 2007) > “1943-1944” image 117; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes age (20). Using the marriage date of 21 Feb 1943 gives a birth date range from 22 Feb 1922 to 21 Feb 1923.

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death

obituary-david-willett-2017: Obituary for David William Willett (2017); Thelen-Hyke Funeral Home (https://www.hykefuneralhome.com: accessed 25 Apr 2018), single location (Redfield, South Dakota), published after 13 Feb 2017

Comment: Source notes that Leonard Ross Willett died before brother Leonard on 13 Feb 2017.

obituary-leonard-willett-2009: Obituary for Leonard R. Willett (2009); “Leonard R. Willett,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 11 Feb 2009 (Wednesday), page A4, column 1

Comment: Source includes date (Feb. 8, 2009), and city and implied state (Hot Springs, South Dakota).

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father

census-us-1930-ps-sd-spink-45-2a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Spink County, Tulare Township, enumeration district 58-45, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 237A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Spink > Tulare > District 0045" image 3; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2230 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341964]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 2,4, dwelling 22

Comment: Source identifies Leonard Willett as a son of Geroge W. Willett. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

obituary-leonard-willett-2009: Obituary for Leonard R. Willett (2009); “Leonard R. Willett,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 11 Feb 2009 (Wednesday), page A4, column 1

Comment: Source identifies Leonard R. Willett as a biological child of George Willet.

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mother

obituary-leonard-willett-2009: Obituary for Leonard R. Willett (2009); “Leonard R. Willett,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 11 Feb 2009 (Wednesday), page A4, column 1

Comment: Source identifies Leonard R. Willett as a biological child of Mary Anna (Spear) Willett.

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Lavilla Maude Doane (1923 – 2017)

Married: 21 Feb 1943 in Brookings, Brookings County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

marriage-willett-doane-1943: Record of marriage for Leonard Ross Willett and Lavilla Maude Doane (1943); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 4 Sep 2007) > “1943-1944” image 117; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes location (Brookings, Brookings County, S.D.) and marriage date (February 21st, 1943).

obituary-leonard-willett-2009: Obituary for Leonard R. Willett (2009); “Leonard R. Willett,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 11 Feb 2009 (Wednesday), page A4, column 1

Comment: Source includes date (Feb. 21, 1943), city and implied state (Brookings, South Dakota), of marriage betweeen Leonard R. Willett and Lavilla Doane.

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Child: Laverne Lee Willett (? – ?)

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Child: Cindy Willett (? – ?)

Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Burial: 13 Feb 2009 at Sturgis, Meade County, South Dakota, United States

Cemetery: (Black Hills National Cemetery) at Sturgis, Meade County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
events

obituary-leonard-willett-2009: Obituary for Leonard R. Willett (2009); “Leonard R. Willett,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 11 Feb 2009 (Wednesday), page A4, column 1

Comment: Source includes intention of burial at Black Hills National Cemetery, near Sturgis (South Dakota) and date (13 Feb).

obituary-leonard-willett-2009: Obituary for Leonard R. Willett (2009); “Leonard R. Willett,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 11 Feb 2009 (Wednesday), page A4, column 1

Comment: Source includes intention of burial at Black Hills National Cemetery, near Sturgis (South Dakota).

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Attributes

Residence: 1 Apr 1930 at Tulare Township, Spink County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 21 Feb 1943 at Tulare, Spink County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: Abt 1945 at Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 1951 at , , California, United States

Residence: 1981 at , , , United States

Residence: 26 Oct 2007 at Hill City, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

census-us-1930-ps-sd-spink-45-2a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Spink County, Tulare Township, enumeration district 58-45, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 237A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Spink > Tulare > District 0045" image 3; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2230 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341964]

Additional detail for reference: Line 4, dwelling 22

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Apr 1930) and location (Tulare Township, County: Spink, State: South Dakota).

marriage-willett-doane-1943: Record of marriage for Leonard Ross Willett and Lavilla Maude Doane (1943); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 4 Sep 2007) > “1943-1944” image 117; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes location (Tulare, Spink County, S.D.) and marriage date (February 21st, 1943).

obituary-lavilla-willett-2017: Obituary for Lavilla M. (Carlile) Willett (2017); “Lavilla M. Willett,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 9 May 2020), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 2017 > 06 > 21 > main-edition" page A4; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 21 Jun 2017 (Wednesday), page A4, column 3”

Comment: Source iincludes location (Aberdeen [, South Dakota]) and an approximate date given they lived in Aberdeen for six years before moving to California in 1951.

obituary-lavilla-willett-2017: Obituary for Lavilla M. (Carlile) Willett (2017); “Lavilla M. Willett,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 9 May 2020), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 2017 > 06 > 21 > main-edition" page A4; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 21 Jun 2017 (Wednesday), page A4, column 3”

Comment: Source iincludes state (California) and year (1951) when they moved.

obituary-lavilla-willett-2017: Obituary for Lavilla M. (Carlile) Willett (2017); “Lavilla M. Willett,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 9 May 2020), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 2017 > 06 > 21 > main-edition" page A4; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 21 Jun 2017 (Wednesday), page A4, column 3”

Comment: Source indicates year (1981) and location (Black Hills). This almost certainly means a location in South Dakota.

memorialcard-emilie-price-2007: Memorial card (funeral program) for Emilie Ruth Price (2007); privately held

Comment: Source includes reference date (26 Oct 2007) and location (Hill City, SD).

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General Notes and Anecdotes

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, South Dakota in June 1947. [obituary-leonard-willett-2009]

He and Lavilla 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. [obituary-leonard-willett-2009]

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. [obituary-leonard-willett-2009]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

obituary-leonard-willett-2009: Obituary for Leonard R. Willett (2009); “Leonard R. Willett,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 11 Feb 2009 (Wednesday), page A4, column 1

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