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Robert Neal Willis, Jr.
  • February 03, 1945
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  • January 21, 2021

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Robert Neal Willis, Jr, 75, of Ocala, Florida, passed away on January 21.

Known to everyone as Bob, he was born February 3, 1945, to Neal and Dorothy Willis, their first of three children. He spent his early years travelling to various locations around the country, before graduating from Morrisville High School in 1962, where he was an accomplished student and a varsity letterman in baseball, football, basketball, and track.

He served in the Navy and was a Viet Nam veteran. While stationed in the Philippines in 1969, he met Heidi Ramage and was immediately smitten. After a whirlwind relationship, they were married in Olongapo City, Philippines on July 9, 1970, and were married through the remainder of his life. They had three children together; Kevin, Kimberly, and Keri.

After the Navy, Bob graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in math. He kicked off his 30-year career as an actuary with Berkshire Life Insurance. In 1983, he joined Phoenix Home Life, where he became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. He would spend the next 20 years at Phoenix before retiring in 2003 as a vice president.

In retirement, Bob and Heidi moved to a golf community in Ocala, Florida. Even in retirement, Bob never lost his competitive spirit. He was excellent at billiards and bowling and enjoyed golf, as well. He scored a hole-in-one in 2010, at the age of 65.

His biggest pride and joy was his family. He was a doting husband to Heidi and a loving father to his children and grandchildren, of which he had eight. His favorite times were those with his family. His infinite patience and extreme generosity were felt by his entire family, especially his grandchildren.

He was universally liked. He was intelligent without being condescending. He was kind without being overbearing. He would do anything for anyone who asked, including travelling long distances and extending stays to make sure he would be available for everything his family needed. He never asked for anything in return.

He was predeceased by his parents, Neal and Dorothy, and his sister, Christine. He is survived by his wife, Heidi, their three children; Kevin, Kimberly, and Keri, their eight grandchildren; Brady, Gabriella, Kaya, Elias, Ethan, Grayson, Sienna, and Sloane, and by his brother, Richard.

There is no memorial service planned at this time. Please feel free to send condolences on this page.

Arrangements by Baldwin Brothers Funerals & Cremations 11250 SW 93rd Ct. Rd. Ocala, FL 352-236-7813.


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  1. 10 Feb 2021
    Gary Nelson says:
    Heidi and Family,
    Our Love and Blessings are with you and family.
    Bob was a tremendous loss to all that knew him.
    He had such a competitive spirit in everything he did.
    He was a very special person to all. A true friend and
    Gentlemen.
    Will miss him so.
    Nelson’s
    Gary & Sandy

  2. 10 Feb 2021
    Ron and Linda Holm says:
    Heidi, all our prayers go out to you and your beautiful family. We all have so many happy memories with Bob to reflect on.

  3. 10 Feb 2021
    Mike Goodwin says:
    The Patriots, TomBrady, UConn women’s basketball, golf on Wednesday, bowling on Thursday... these are a few of the things he loved and the things I will no longer be able to talk about with you. I miss you much, Bob. RIP

  4. 10 Feb 2021
    Maggie Mahar says:
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Bob. He was such a great guy. May you be comforted by the cherished memories of your time together. Heartfelt sympathy and prayers to help you make it through during this difficult time.

  5. 09 Feb 2021
    Susie Martin says:
    Heidi, our deepest sympathy for the loss of Bob. So sorry to hear of his passing. Always such a warm, pleasant man when we all bowled together. Praying for you and your family as you lean on God and each other during this difficult time.
    Ken & Susie Martin

  6. 09 Feb 2021
    Bill&Linda Hudig says:
    Heidi. We were so sorry to hear about Bob. We will miss all the good times and many laughs we had together. May you and your family be comforted by the many beautiful memories you made together. May God bless you.

  7. 31 Jan 2021
    Rosanne Hornyak says:
    Bob was a dear friend whom John and I met through his wife, Heidi. We had a lot in common, he and I being math nerds, learning golf because of our spouses, playing Sudoku and doing the Sunday NY Times Crossword together. John and Bob played weekly golf together in CT before Bob and Heidi moved to Ocala, but we visited once a year and enjoyed our time together even more. We are truly going to miss him, and his loss will be felt by many. Heidi and family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love, John and Rosanne Hornyak

  8. 29 Jan 2021
    Ronald J Stewart lit a candle:
    Lit since January 29, 2021 at 1:36:57 PM

  9. 28 Jan 2021
    Natalie McCormick says:
    To Kim and family - my deepest condolences to you for your loss. What a beautiful life your husband, father and grandfather gave to the world. Your words written are a true testament to that. I know he will continue to care for and look over you in his heavenly life as he did in his earthly life.

    With love and sympathy, God Bless

    Natalie Lanthier McCormick

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