Walter Willis

August 28, 1948 ~ June 13, 2022 (age 73)


Walter Willis was born in Springhill, Louisiana to Pete and Jesse M. Willis. He grew up on the family farm alongside his sister Bonnie Bell, and his brother Charles Willis. In Louisiana, they learned about God, Horses, and how to work the farm.  In his teen years he suffered the unexpected loss of his father, and subsequently the family permanently relocated to Wichita, KS. Walter attended Mathewson Jr. High School.  He worked professionally as a licensed CDL truck driver, and later as a construction worker.  He believed in working hard, but he was sure to play harder.  He enjoyed motorcycles, and riding horses with his family and friends.  Unapologetically, he lived his life to the fullest.  Walter had 5 daughters; Lisa Summers,  Lashaunda Summers, Tyronda Horner, Beverly Willis, and Aquilla Roxanne Willis.  He taught  them to be independent, strong, and to have their own.  He taught those girls how to stand up for themselves.  He made sure they all learned how to ride horses. He took them camping, to the lake, and out of town for occasional road trips.  Walter was dedicated to his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  He was supportive in every way.  To his friends and family, he was always good company, but he was also loyal.  He was bold, he lived out loud, and he stood by every word he said.  There are no words to describe how much he will be missed. 

Walter is preceded in death by Jesse M. Johnson (mom), Pete Willis (dad), Bonnie Bell (sister),and Charles Willis (brother). 

Walter leaves to cherish his memories Lisa Summers, Lashaunda Summers, Tyronda Horner, and Aquilla Roxanne Willis from Wichita, KS.  Beverly Willis of Sacramento, California, and Nikki Burgess-West and Family of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Special Acknowledgements: To a family Matriarch Aunt Alice Washington in Los Angeles, California.  We thank you for your prayers, love, and support.  Last, but not least per dad’s request Nikki Burgess-West (Dad’s niece) who served as his primary caregiver for the last 60 days of his life.  She provided phenomenal care to dad.  She really went above and beyond.  Thank you Nikki D. WE are extremely grateful for everything you did!

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24 Hour Viewing
June 23, 2022

1:00 PM
Central Avenue Funeral Service

Celebration of Life
June 24, 2022

11:00 AM
New Jerusalem Baptist Church
1625 N. Madison
Wichita, KS 67214

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