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 Sargent 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 Sargent 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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