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St. Mary's Catholic Church
Thursday September 6th, 2018
10:00am - 11:00am

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Funeral Service

Sutton Memorial Home
Thursday September 6th, 2018

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Willard Paul "Popeye" Reber

Willard Paul “Popeye” Reber, 82 of Palmer passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 7:33 a.m. at his residence in Palmer, IL. He was born on December 23, 1935 in Taylorville, IL the son of Clyde F. and Stella P. (Walker) Reber. He married Ottilie E. Wolfe on September 7, 1960 in Mainz, West Germany and she preceded him in death on September 14, 2010. Willard was a retired 1st Sergeant Vietnam Veteran of the United States Army and served 2 tours in Germany, 2 tours in Vietnam and 1 tour in Korea. He was a paratrooper with the 82nd airborne division and a Drill Sergeant in Ft. Ord, CA. After his retirement from the military he worked for Smith Bus Company for 10 years and Bob Ridings in Taylorville for 5 years.

He is survived by his Sister-in-Law: Debbie Reber of Taylorville, IL and several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Chad Foster officiating. Burial will be held in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville with military graveside honors.

Memorials may be made to VFW Post #4495 515 N. West Ave Taylorville, IL 62568.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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A candle was lit in memory of Willard Paul Reber

Sue Kruger Sep 6 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Willard Paul Reber

Betty Allen Sep 6 2018 12:00 AM

We loved popeye! He was always cracking jokes! He was such a nice man, and will be remembered! Popeye and my parents stayed in touch, and my mom thought highly of him! Rest easy popeye, you were one of the good guys!

Mandy (Dugan) Marten Sep 5 2018 12:00 AM

RIP Popeye! You and Ottie are now together. We had a great friendship and you will always be remembered! Dave and Judi :(

David Bingham and Judith Bingham Sep 5 2018 12:00 AM

Popeye, you will be missed by me. Heidi Parr. RIP Popeye

Heidi Parr Sep 5 2018 12:00 AM

To the family of POPEYE Reber. We were friends for many years. In years past, I was a travel agent who did several escorted trips to Branson and Nashville. This wonderful man was my bus driver. He was a great driver, but an even better asset to the trip because he was a true people person. What fun everyone had on those trips. Fred saw him couple of weeks ago when they got haircuts and both enjoyed chatting. We will miss him. RIP Dear Friend.

Fred and Donna Campogni Sep 5 2018 12:00 AM

A SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent on September 4, 2018

We met Paul at Fort Polk, La. He was the best man at our wedding on June 25, 1982. We loved him dearly and will forever miss him. RIP our dear friend. John David Floyd and Della Mae Floyd

Expression of Sympathy Sep 4 2018 12:00 AM