Willard Jabe Lynch was born February 12, 1926 on the North Jacks Fork River, Willow Springs, Missouri, to Virgil Lee “Spud” and Neville Vena (Dennison) Lynch. He passed away October 13, 2020 at NHC Nursing Facility, West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 94 years, eight months, and one day.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Nadine Erwin; three infant siblings; an infant grandson; and an infant great-granddaughter.
Willard attended school at Big Creek, Nagle and started high school in Summersville, Missouri. He then served in the U.S Army in World War II from May 1944 until October 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge.
He married Georgia Mae Nichols in Salem, Arkansas, on August 24, 1948, and to this union five children were born, Billy, Connie, Joyce, Dennis, and Debra.
He gave his heart to God as a child and attended Cabool Assembly of God Church until going into the nursing home.
He is survived by his wife, Georgia of the home in Mountain Grove, Missouri; his children, Billy (Edith) Lynch of Cabool, Missouri, Connie (Ray) Lee of Cushing, Oklahoma, Joyce Wucher of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Dennis Lynch of Cabool, and Debra Osborn of Harrisonville, Missouri; ten grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; his brother, Bob (Alice) Lynch of Houston, Missouri; and a sister, Georgia Vollmer of Bokeelia, Florida.
Willard was a farmer and livestock dealer and had a strong love for cattle. After retirement he was a gardener and was a stickler about his lawn. He was always doing all that he could for his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Ozark Cemetery.
Services were held Friday, October 16, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home in Houston, Missouri, with Brother Darrell Loughridge and Jr. Vaughn officiating. Burial was in Ozark Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Dennis Lynch, Michael Osborn, Jay Lynch, Eric Smith, Clay Morgan, Cole Morgan, and Kristian Crisp.