Don W. Willey

January 07, 1946 ‒ October 27, 2020

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Don W. Willey passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2020 in his home. He was 74.
Don was born January 7, 1946 in Caldwell, Ohio to the late Clinton and Sarah (Nichelson) Willey and was graduated from Caldwell High School.
Don served in the U.S. Army Reserves and was called up for duty during the historic Kent State protest and shootings.
A dedicated employee with a hard work ethic, Don worked as a crane operator for Ideal Electric, retiring after 40 years.
He was a member of the “McDonalds Coffee Club” at both the Route 97 and Hanley Road locations where he enjoyed socializing with his friends. Don loved to be outdoors and enjoyed mowing. Kindhearted, he kept the company of Maggie, known to the rest of the family as the “Devil Cat”. Don never met a stranger and took pleasure in chatting up a total stranger. He was frugal, but always willing to help his family and friends.
He is survived by his children Ron (Angie) Willey of Bellville, Melissa (Timothy) Wells of Mt. Vernon, and Bryan (Ruth “Pete”) Willey of Columbus; grandchildren Bethany, Ryan, Abby, Joshua, Ashley, Amber, Justin, Jacob, Jonathon, Jeridan, Joseph, and Tyler; great grandchildren Payten, Aubrey, Adalynn, and Eleanora; and his siblings Jewell Dovenbarger, Joy Cunningham, June Hayes, Darwin Willey and David Willey.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his sisters Joyce Davis, Joann Stobbs and Jeannie Eschbaugh.
Friends may call Monday, November 2, 2020 from 11 am to 1 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service will follow at 1 pm. Live-streaming of the service will be available on the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery. Attendees are encouraged to wear a mask, but will not be required.
Donations in honor of Don may be made to the Ronald McDonald House.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Don’s family and invite you to watch Don’s tribute video at

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  • Ron, Missy, and rest of the family. You have my deepest sympathy. Don was such a friendly nice man. I am sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Extending sorrow and sympathy to Mr. Willey’s Family, especially June Hayes. Prayers and love.
    Randy and Tia Rex.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the rest of the family. We all loved him, and the kindness he showed us all. We wish we could be there in person to celebrate his life with the rest of the family, but we will attend virtually.

    We love you all!


  • Thinking of my cousins at this time. I’m sorry that we can’t be with you during this time, but know we are sending a lot of love to you all.

  • Ron , you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers with deepest sympathy in your loss… Hugs and love to all