Willis Olen Crowley


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Willis Olen Crowley, age 86, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Wichita County Health Center LTCU in Leoti, Kan.

Willis was born Dec. 22, 1928, at Pagosa Springs, the son of Asher J. and Myrtle Emma Putnam Crowley. A resident of Wichita County since 1957, moving from Greeley, Colo., he was a cowboy and rancher. Willis served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

Willis was a member of the United Methodist Church, Kansas Farm Bureau, Wichita County Amusement Association, Rough Riders Saddle Club and Wichita County Rodeo Association, all of Leoti, Kan.

On Sept. 14, 1952, he married Margaret Mabel Bateman at Mansfield, Ill.

Willis’s surviving family includes his wife, Margaret Mabel Crowley, of Leoti, Kan.; nine children: Linda and Willard Sanders, of Scott City, Kan.; Marilyn and Mac Vass, of Thermopolis, Wyo.; Alan and Kim Crowley, of Doyline, La.; Richard Crowley, of Sunray, Texas; Glen and Jan Crowley, of Cabot, Ark.; Carol and Terry Laws, of Leoti, Kan.; Mark and Raquel Crowley, of Ellensburg, Wash.; Sharon Jessen, of Spokane, Wash.; and Carolie and Eddy Watkins, of Vanderwagen, N.M.; 28 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

His parents; a sister, Doris Crowley; a grandson, Tim Sanders; and a great granddaughter, Jennifer Emaheizer preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at the United Methodist Church in Leoti, Kan., with the Reverend Brad Kirk and Elder Terry Laws officiating. Inurnment will be in Leoti Cemetery.

Memorial may be given to the Wichita County Amusement Association in care of the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website, priceandsons.com.