Willett, James Raphael
Birth: Wednesday, February 18, 1931
Residence: White Plains, Maryland
Death: Friday, May 24, 2019 at the age of 88
Laid to Rest: Thursday, June 06, 2019 in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church Cemetery, Pomfret, Maryland
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James "Raphael" Willett, 88, passed at his home in White Plains, Maryland on Friday, May 24, 2019 with his beloved wife Kathy Spindler Willett by his side. Raphael was born February 18, 1931 the son of Walter A. and Opal Henderson Willett. A lifelong resident of White Plains, he grew up on the family farm known as Willettville on Billingsley Road along with his brothers, Reggie, Claude, David, Milton, Johnny, Pat and Wayne and sisters, Daonne and Susie.
He proudly served in the Navy as a Machinist Mate First Class on the USS Mississippi BB-41 for four years during the Korean War. He followed in his father's footsteps, becoming a talented builder. He then passed this gift on to his sons. He believed in hard work, honesty, and respect. His greatest loves were rock fishing, bird hunting, telling stories of his adventures, and most of all his family and extended family.
He was the father to eight children with his late wife, Evelyn Tippett Willett, Kathy, Pat, Bill, Mike (Terry), Debbie (Dave), Judy (David), Mark (Melissa), and Keith (Kelly). He was "Grandaddy" to many grandchildren and great grandchildren and was also known as "Uncle Raphael" to many. Most of all, he was "Daddy Ray" a truly great man who was loved and will be missed by so many.
Visitation on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 2-4PM and 6-8PM with a Wake Service at 7PM at Raymond Funeral Service Chapel, 5635 Washington Avenue, La Plata, Maryland 20646. Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 11AM at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 4590 St. Joseph Way, Pomfret, Maryland 20675 with Interment to follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Raphael's name may be made to St. Joseph's Campaign Building Fund, 4590 St. Joseph Way, Pomfret, Maryland 20675.