Harry W. Willis, bank board chairman

August 22, 2013

Harry W. Willis, 92, of Hershey, Pa., and formerly of Chestertown, Md., died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in the Country Meadows retirement village in Hershey where he had resided for the past seven years.

Mr. Willis was born near Locust Grove, Kennedyville, Md., the son of the late Samuel Merritt and Clara Walbert Willis.

After a tour in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and service on Okinawa, Mr. Willis chose to come home to Kent County to create a career in business and community service. He owned and operated Harry’s Auto Repair, which became Harry’s auto dealership, and the Chestertown Sears catalogue store, and he was a local school bus contractor. He attained his real estate appraiser’s license, and finally served as chairman of the board of Kent Savings and Loan in Chestertown.

Mr. Willis loved his family and loved to fly, and for many years he owned and operated his own plane. He was truly a Mr. Fix It,  and anything you brought him he tried to fix and loved doing so.

He was one of the first members of the Kent & Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad, joining in 1963, and was a member of the Frank Jarman American Legion Post 36, Chestertown.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Willis is predeceased by his wife Ann N. Willis in 2006; two brothers, Walbert and Merritt Willis; and a sister Grace Phillips.

He is survived by his daughters Dee and her husband Chris Jennings of Hummelstown, Pa., and Sherry and her husband Bill Pfaff of Millsboro; and his granddaughter Amy and her husband Dan Wagaman of Elizabethtown, Pa.

Funeral services will be held at noon, Monday Aug. 26, in the Fellows Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown, where friends and family may call after 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Chester Cemetery, Chestertown.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in his memory to the Kent & Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 126, Chestertown, MD 21620.

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