I met Willard probably about 1965. He was a top notch A-2 flyer then and always friendly. Flew against him in some of the team trials at Bong. He came up to our Minneapolis Model Aero Clubs annual FAI contest many times.
We rekindled our friendship in 2004 at the Maxmen contest, and he always asked me how Hugh Langevin was doing. I called Hugh and let him know that Willard had passed, and how at every contest he would come up to me and talk at length and ask about Hugh.
We had dinner several times the past few years along with Dick Wood. This past Maxmen Dick was nagging him about something insignificant, and Willard put him down really in a LARGE way. Afterwards when Dick was not in our company, I congratulated him on a great job of standing up when it counted, and he had a big smile!
Will miss him coming up to talk at the next Maxmen /Sierra Cup contest that he always came along with Dick Wood. Dick will have to look for a new side kick, and someone else to pick on. I’m sure Dick misses him a bunch too.