Richard (Dick) Willey was born in Rockford, Illinois. He moved to Chicago at the age of 4 and then to a small farm near Wilton Junction, Iowa at the age of 12. There he learned what hard work really was, through helping with harvesting crops, bailing hay, milking cows, riding horses and raising hogs. As a young teenager, Dick's family moved to town and he went to work for the local power co-operative. Through their assistance, he was able to complete high school, go on to Muscatine Jr. College, and pay his way through the University of Iowa,from which he graduated in Mathematics in 1960.
Dick was hired by the NSA out of college and worked there for a few years before going on to a variety of positions in computer technology and business development at several different companies. He came to Vandenberg with ITT in 1975 and served as a Technical Manager there for over 20 years. He loved golf, travel, entertainment, and nature. He helped the Village Country Club achieve Audubon International certi?cation and has taken care of bluebird nest boxes for the last 15 years, both on the VCC golf course and at some local vineyards. He loved people and animals and always wanted to take care of them. He and his wife Barbara celebrated their 26th anniversary in June. We were shocked at his sudden death, but take comfort in the fact that he spent his last days enjoying the company of his son and great friends at the Mackie Tournament at the Country Club. We will all miss him greatly. Dick is survived by his wife Barbara, his children Su, Linda, Ron, Beth,Jana, John, and their families. He is also survived by his half-brother Bob, his second wife Barbara Hall and his third wife Marty. He was preceded in death by his father, Doc, his mother Ruby and his ?rst wife Marlys. In lieu of ?owers, memorial gifts may be made to your favorite charities. There will be a Celebration of Life on Wednesday, July 23rd at the Sage Restaurant at the country club from 1-3 PM. You are invited to bring any photographs or words of remembrance to post on a board at the event. Knowing him, you may expect wearing Hawaiian shirts to be welcomed.