Willice Albert “Bill” Crisp, Jr.
Willice Albert “Bill” Crisp, Jr., age 83, of Shelby, died early Friday morning, February 6, 2015 at OhioHealth MedCentral Shelby Hospital.
Bill was born on January 14, 1932 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the son of the late Willice Albert and Mary Grace (Ozmun) Crisp. He was a 1949 graduate of Brownwood High School in Brownwood, Texas and then attended the University of Texas where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. He later went back to school and earned a Master’s degree from St. Louis University in Engineering Mechanics. He was a proud veteran of the Korean War where he was a Captain in the United States Air Force flying F-89s. Bill’s worked experience was extensive but included: McDonald-Douglas Aircraft, where he worked on the Gemini and Mercury spacecrafts, and Exon, where he worked in research in New Jersey. He retired at the age of 59. Bill and his wife, Marilyn, have lived all over the country and, in the many places they lived, Bill was a member of the Moose Lodges, Elks Lodges, and VFWs. Bill and Marilyn found great pleasure in taking cruises to many different destinations. He loved to sail especially at Lake Wallenpaupack in Pennsylvania.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Esther (Johnson) Crisp, whom he wed on April 16, 1955. Also surviving are: a daughter: Cathy (Jim) Bly of Shelby; a son: Willice Albert “Will” Crisp, III of Phoenix, AZ; 5 grandsons; 2 great grandsons. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by Jerry Crisp.
Fr. David Sipes will officiate private family graveside services at Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. Military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Care for Bill and his family is being provided by Bob, Catherine, and Jake at the Turner Funeral Home in Shelby.
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