Willis C. Cushing Jr., 87, of Bethalto, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Bethalto Care Center.
He was born on Jan. 16, 1928, in Alton, the son of the late Willis E. and Eleanor (Quade) Cushing.
He married Dolores Stade on Dec. 2, 1949. She passed away in 2006.
Willis served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1946. He worked at Owens Illinois Glass as a machinist; he and his wife were former owners and operators of the Bethalto Farm Fresh for 10 years. Later he worked in maintenance for Wood River Hospital for 10 years. Willis attended Upper Alton Baptist Church. He enjoyed country and western music, visiting Branson and having breakfast with his two friends, Jack and Walley.
He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Scot and Geneva Cushing of Collinsville; a daughter and son-in-law, Patti and Glen Wilson of Bethalto; five grandchildren and their spouses, Craig Wilson and Calvin Soong, both of Bethalto, Kellie and Chris Greer of Moro, Michael and Carrie Cushing of Troy, Gregory and Stephanie Cushing of Troy and Sarah Cushing of Bryant, Ark.; and six great-grandchildren, Christian, Andrew, Brynna, Natalie, Keylie and Keegan.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Celebration of Life will be from 4 until funeral services at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto.
Private burial will be Tuesday at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto with military rites given by Alton VFW Post 1308.
Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice or the Alton VFW Post 1308.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.