Edgar Leon Willis photo revised III

Edgar Leon Willis

May 15, 1924 - October 20, 2018 West Chester, PA | Age 94 Loving Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Brother and Friend.

EDGAR LEON WILLIS, age 94, of West Chester, PA, formerly of West Grove, PA, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Pocopson Home. He was the husband of Carol McCleary Willis who passed away in 2003, and with whom he share 20 years of marriage.

Born in West Grove, PA, he was the son of the late Water Willis and the late Frances Bryan Willis.

He was a machine operator at Hewlett-Packard, Avondale, PA, for over 25 years, retiring in 1997. After his retirement, he worked as a security guard at several places, including the Pocopson Home. He was also a part time Police Officer in the boroughs of West grove and Avondale.

He was a graduate of Avon Grove High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the US Army, with the 3940th Q.M. gasoline company stationed in Germany, France, England and Normandy, as a gas tank/truck operator.

Mr. Willis was a lifetime member and a past Assistant Chief at the West Grove Fire Company (75 years), where he was the oldest living member and also a lifetime member of the Avondale Fire Company. A member of the Chester County Fireman’s Association, where he served as the treasurer for many years and a charter member of the VFW Post 5467 in Kennett Square, PA.

He enjoyed family picnics/dinners and picking on everyone including  the staff at Pocopson Home.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at Pocopson Home for all they did for him. They were his adopted family.

He is survived by one son, Charles L. Willis; one daughter, Betty Kramer (Glenn Quillin) of Oxford, PA; one step-son, Richard Eller (Rose )of New Castle, DE; one sister, Helen Carlin of West Grove, PA; ten grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by one brother and two sisters.

You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 9:00 to 11:30 on Saturday morning, October 27, 2018, at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, 250 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA. His Funeral service will follow at 11:30.  Burial will be in Oxford Cemetery, Route 10, Oxford, PA.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the West Grove, Fire Co., P.O. Box 201, West Grove, PA 19390.

To view his online tribute or to share a memory with his family, please visit www.griecocares.com

Message from the Family

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Memorial Donations

West Grove, Fire Co.

P.O. Box 201
West Grove, PA 19390.



October 27, 2018 9:00-11:30 Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA

Funeral Service

October 27, 2018 11:30 Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA


October 27, 2018 Oxford Cemetery
Route 10
Oxford, PA


  1. I am so sorry for your loss Charley. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong and God bless you and your family. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

    Give Charley my deepest sympathy he is in my prayers

    Charley, you have our sympathy…you will be in our prayers…:(🙏🙏

    Heartbreaking, Charley. No matter our age, no matter the state of the relationship, our father is always somehow the lord of our heart’s castle, and his passing ends that unspoken strength that faces the future in our stead. A father’s end passes the torch to our hand. We proceed alone… and become his strength.

    Sympathy Charlie in the loss of your father . May he RIP. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Our prayers are with you and your family.

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

    My sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. I see where you get your volunteer spirit from.

    Thinking of you at this time of the loss of your dad!! Praying for strength and courage at this rough time!!

    We are so sorry for your loss Charley….Our prayers are with you…….

    So sorry Charlie, so hard to lose a loved one.

    Judy Breen | October 28, 2018 at 9:43 AM
  2. Betty I am so sorry for your loss your dad was a kind person and it was a privilege to have met him. I know we all at the firehouse will miss him dearly. sending lots of love and prayers to you, Jr & Lucas and your entire family in this time of sadness
    Love always

    Matthew L Palin | October 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM
  3. Betty, I am sorry to hear about your dad. You were a devoted daughter and the memories you shared you will have forever. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Sue Godwin & family | October 25, 2018 at 12:27 PM
  4. Betty and families,
    So sorry for your loss . I bet Michael and him are sharing fire stories about Elsie (Antique 22) already !Take care, Lori

    Lori | October 24, 2018 at 7:15 PM
  5. Betty,
    I am so sorry to hear about your father. You were a devoted daughter and I know you have many happy memories of time you spent with him. You will have those good memories forever. He was an asset to the community, I remember when he was a policeman in West Grove way back, he sure gave a lot of his time to the community. I know you will miss him, but he is now resting in peace. Prayers for you and your family.

    Love, Deb Clary

    Deb Clary | October 24, 2018 at 7:18 AM
  6. Betty, Russ and I are sorry to learn about your dad! You were a devoted daughter and I know you will treasure the time you spent together.
    Your dad, like my hubby and father in law, dedicated his life to service and gave many selfless hours to protecting his community!
    God bless,
    Kathy Kilmer

    Kilmer | October 23, 2018 at 2:42 PM
  7. Ed was such a lovely kind-hearted man, I was glad to have known him. Condolences to the family.

    Audrey Fellows | October 23, 2018 at 11:12 AM
  8. So sorry for your loss, hugs from Donald and I.

    Joanne & Donald Wilson | October 23, 2018 at 8:18 AM
  9. So sorry about your loss. I miss seeing him when I come into work. I am so glad I got to know him. I will miss him. Prayers to your family.

    susan | October 22, 2018 at 5:44 PM
  10. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family! Your Dad was a great man and was loved by all who knew him! He will always be with you Betty! May he RIP! ❤️ Love, Joyce S Biliski

    Joyce Biliski | October 22, 2018 at 3:53 PM
  11. Charlie & Betty, Sorry for your loss. All those good times with the Chester County Firefighter’s Association and Chester County Fire School at Thorndale Fire Company the First Three Sunday’s in September. Then there were the banquets that we attended. Did you know about the time we were on our way to a banquet in his new car? It was raining & he turned the wipers on and I asked him why they were so slow and he said this car has delay wipers now I had not hear of this but it made me shut up.

    Ronald P Scott | October 22, 2018 at 3:31 PM
  12. Please be assured of my prayers for you and your family. May he rest in peace!
    Sister Helen

    Sister Helen Dolores | October 22, 2018 at 12:21 PM
  13. Betty, so sorry. He will always be with you keeping you safe. So glad he had you to help him all this time. Love you.

    Phyllis and Herbie

    Phyllis Tester | October 22, 2018 at 10:58 AM

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