Obituary of John Willis
Johnny Alba "John" Willis
John entered into the care of our Lord and Savior, when he passed away at his home in Ferndale on May 16th, 2018. He was born in California on May 5th, 1950, to Alba and Helen Willis joining his sister and brother, Sharon and Larry.
John's family moved to Ferndale in 1954, with the start up of Mobil Oil Refinery. He played Little League Baseball for many years and was very proud of his records held during high school track. John graduated from Ferndale High School in 1968.
John fell in love with the cute young lady who was a checker at the grocery store where he regularly shopped. He married her, Vicky Harmon Scheib, in 1979 and gained a son, Ryan Scheib. Later daughters Andrea and Erin were born.
One of John's passions was watching his children's sporting events, along with taking the family on camping trips. He loved being outdoors and spending time with his family. John was always a very dedicated and hard worker. From a young age he started working in the berry fields and continued working for Moore's Blueberry Farm for a few years. He operated Willy's Tree Farm and a landscaping business from his home on Dahlberg Road. He proudly retired from Intalco (Alcoa) after working over 40 years, where he started as a pot operator and later became supervisor of the pot lines. After retirement, he and Vicky enjoyed working around their farm and horse arena, where they operated a riding arena and stables on their property. Many people benefited from using their facilities. John was a helper and friend to all.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Al and Helen Willis and his in-laws, Lorene and Gene Harmon. He is survived by his loving wife, Vicky; son, Ryan (April); daughters, Andrea and Erin (Scott); grandchildren, Viviana, Renee, Autumn, and Anthony “Tude”; sister, Sharon (Ron); brother, Larry (Polly); and several nieces, nephews, extended family and long-time friends.
I will forever miss you, my love. You were my staunchest supporter and always there for me, Vicky.
A celebration of life to honor John will be held Sunday, July 15th, at Totem Terrace, Alcoa Intalco Works, Ferndale, WA.