Melvin "Buck" E. Willey

Born in Shelbyville, MO on March 4, 1939

Departed on July 6, 2018 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Buck Willey of Hendersonville, TN, formerly of Shelbyville, MO passed away Friday, July 6, 2018 in Hendersonville.  Buck was born March 4, 1939 in Shelbyville, MO, son of the late Merrill and Myrtle (Rembusch) Willey.  Buck was a faithful and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He was a tireless worker his entire life and a true do-it-yourselfer; if Buck couldn’t fix it, it couldn’t be fixed!  As a lifelong telephone company employee, he always provided for his family and found a way to persevere and thrive through any struggle life would throw at him.  Buck was a man of few words, but could go from silence to having you in stiches with one of his perfectly timed one-liners.  He had a quiet but strong faith in Jesus, especially in his later years.  In his spare time, Buck loved hunting and spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids even more.  They had him wrapped around their finger.

In December 27, 1957 Buck was united in marriage to his loving and faithful wife of over 60 years, Kathleen (Mann) Willey, who survives.  Also surviving are his 3 children, Rick (Karen) Willey, Randy Willey (Liane Kennedy) and Rob (Becky) Willey; grandchildren, Shari (Troy) Rader, Sheila (Aaron) Wilson, Susie (Jay) Jessup, Scott (Carmen) Willey, Sam (Mallory) Willey, Jessica (Dan) Devine, Julia (Kevin) Fahy and Anna Willey, Bryan (Jenni) Johnson; 16 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way; sisters, Hazel Marie Kesner and Linda (Junior) Lake; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Besides his parents, Buck was also preceded in death by his brother, Ronnie Willey.

Family will receive friends on Monday, July 9th from 10-11am at the Indian Lake Peninsula Church (235 Indian Lake Rd; Hendersonville, TN 37075) where a celebration of life will follow at 11am.  Burial will take place following the service at Hendersonville Memory Gardens with a fellowship luncheon following back at the church.

There will also be a memorial service held at 12noon on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 at the Open Door Fellowship Church (209 E Main St; Shelbyville, MO 63469).  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Open Door Fellowship Church in Shelbyville, MO.

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8 Comments to Melvin "Buck" E. Willey

  1. John Dodson
    July 7, 2018 8:47 pm

    As I read this, my thoughts tell me that “ Here is a man who’s Life on this earth is worth celebrating ! May the God of all comfort be with family and friends !

  2. Ken Mann
    July 7, 2018 9:08 pm

    I love buck as much as anyone could love a brother. He was my friend my mentor and in fact helped raise me. He will be missed buy me and all. Blessings to all of his family. Ken Mann, Brother-In-Law.

  3. Julie Hammond
    July 8, 2018 1:02 am

    Man of few words is right!! Have missed those rare but wonderful bear hugs!! Will definitely be missed!! Love, hugs and Prayers to all!!!

  4. Billy Ray Arment
    July 8, 2018 10:48 am

    I am sorry to hear about Melvin passing he was a class mate we grew up together in Shelbyville, Mo, know he will be missed by many.

  5. Cecil Chapman
    July 8, 2018 3:59 pm

    We knew Buck as the brother-in-law of my sister, Carolyn Mann. Buck was a good man, gentle and kind. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kathleen and all their family.
    Cec and Sue Chapman

  6. Erika and Rus Bishop
    July 9, 2018 10:19 am

    We are so glad we can call Buck and Kathleen friends! Looking forward to reuniting with him in the presence of Jesus!

  7. Marie Andrews
    July 10, 2018 12:25 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Buck’s passing. I will be praying for Kathy and the rest of the family.

  8. Linda Cauthorn
    July 10, 2018 6:29 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the family. Kathy & Buck were a great blessing to me growing up as well as when I was a new mother. Prayers for you all

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