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Willard L. Sodders


Service: 11:00am Tue. April 11th, 2017
Location: Conroy Funeral Home

SODDERS, Willard L., Sr., 91, World War 2 Navy Veteran, recipient of the Purple Heart award, and a member of “The Greatest Generation”, died on Monday, April 3, 2017, following several months of failing health. He was born in Springfield on August 13, 1925, the son of Arthur and Bernice Sodders. He worked at International Harvester for 30 years, retiring in 1976. While at International, he served as a union steward, committeeman, and first vice president of Local Union 402. After retirement, Willard served in the Peace Corp and later operated Sodders Pro Painter house painting service. Willard was a member of the World War 2 Tin Can Sailors, a life-time member of VFW Post 1031, Amvets Post 25, American Legion Post 6, and Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Surviving are sons George (Christa), Joseph, Jack (Krista) and Michael and one brother, Fred (Rowenia) Sodders; ten grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Mildred, son Willard Jr., daughter-in-law Nancy Sodders, and sisters Mona Snyder, Evelyn Begy and Dolores Gaier. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the CONROY FUNERAL HOME, 1600 E. High St., Springfield, OH. Burial will follow in the Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.
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"God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress." (Psalms 46:1) My condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one. May the above words give you peace knowing that the Almighty God is with you to comfort and sustain you through this difficult time.

- Cheryl D., Thursday April 13th, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. The journey willard and mom took has brought them home to be with all their loved ones that have been waiting for them. So comforting to know willard is at peace. Wish I could be with you at this time but will be with you in spirit. Love you all.

- DeeDee, Sunday April 9th, 2017

Joe, George, Jack and Mike, So sorry on the loss of your Dad. He will be joining so many of his family members. May peace be with you. Love and Hugs

- Deb Westendorf, Saturday April 8th, 2017

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