Obituary for Willis "Walking Willie" Ousley Sr.


Willis "Walking Willie" Ousley Sr.

Willis “Walking Willie” Ousley Sr., 77 of Warsaw passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 9:10 a.m. at the home of his daughter, Kay. He was born March 18, 1937 in Lancer, KY to Neddie and Jammia (Sammons) Ousley.

His family moved to Indiana in early 1950’s. He was the owner and operator of Willis Ousley Well Drilling for 45 years. After his retirement he worked part-time for Beer & Slaybaugh in Nappanee.

Willis loved being outdoors; he fished, worked in his yard and had a beautiful garden every year. He enjoyed doing hog roasts for his friends and family. He played the harmonica and traveled to bluegrass festivals and played with the Twine brothers, Ricky Prater and The Midnight Travelers.

He is survived by his 2 daughters, Kay (and spouse Tim) Kelly of Warsaw and LaDell (and spouse Mike) Garee of Clunett, IN; 2 sons, Willis Ousley Jr. and James Ousley both of Pierceton, IN; 8 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 sisters and 3 brothers. He was also preceded by the mother (Bertha) of his children, after being married 35 years.

Visitation for Willis will be held on Friday October 17, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, IN.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday October 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw with Jeff Underow conducting the services.

Burial will be in Sidney Cemetery, Sidney, IN.

The family y is requesting the memorial contribution be made to Willis Ousley Sr. Funeral Fund c/o McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, 2290 Provident Ct., Warsaw, IN 46580.



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