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Willy Johnson Hillard, affectionately known as Wanky, of Grand Rapids, MI peacefully passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2020. Willy was the son of Samuel and Mattie Perry.

Willy was an avid outdoorsman. If you knew him, at some point he took you fishing! He would spend hours fishing on the Grand River. He also enjoyed hunting and working with his hands. Willy was a jack of all trades. He knew a little bit about EVERYTHING! Willy was also a phenomenal cook and he loved to travel.

Willie is survived by his 9 children, 32 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.

Visitation is from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March, 14, 2020, at Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 3627 Linden Avenue S.E. at 36th Street (one block west of Eastern Avenue), Grand Rapids, where memorial services will be held at 12:00 p.m.  Immediately following the service a repast will be held at East Lee Campus School 982 Lee ST SW Wyoming, MI 49509.

Per Willy’s wishes cremation will take place.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Willy’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.MichiganCremation.com

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.

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22 Comments

  1. David & Ronda Garmon on March 10, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    We are praying for you all for comfort, peace and strength in love 😍 😘🙏🏽😢



  2. ms punkin on March 10, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Mannn I just can’t believe you are gone. You was my buddy.. now who am I going to ask about my car when it ain’t sounding right…I’m going to miss you so much…R.I.P. MY FRIEND..



  3. Linda Bell on March 10, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    I Love you Wanky my big brother tell Jackie I Love her too…



  4. LeRoy, Alice Trotter on March 10, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Sending my love and condolences to all of his kids and family. We love y’all!😘🙏🙏



  5. Walter and Regina. on March 10, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Rest on my brother. God is incontroll. Gone but never forgotten….



  6. Calvin Long on March 10, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    Uncle Winky going to miss you you may be gone but never forgotten you will be truly missed



  7. Erica on March 10, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    My heart & prayers go out to the family. May a God comfort you during this time of grief.



  8. Theresa Garmon on March 10, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    You will be greatly missed, as well as your cooking.RIP winky



  9. Kareem Mallard on March 10, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    I send my condolences to the family I grew up knowing winky as a good man he taught me how to fish he taught me how to work on cars, and a lot of different things spending time around winky was always a good time I had the chance to play basketball with him.
    Rest in heaven Uncle winky aka the squad



  10. Lawan Garmon on March 10, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    R.I.P. WINKY



  11. Derek Brooks on March 10, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    You will be greatly my Brother missed RIP



  12. John and Germaine Parker on March 10, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Gone but never will be forgotten. Rest brother.



  13. Kay Johnson on March 10, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Prayers are with the family
    R.I.P Winky



  14. LaDonna Lowrey on March 11, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Hey Octavia, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m praying for you all. I love you…
    LaDonna and Ally



  15. Sonia (first born) Halliburton 😁 on March 11, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    Momma’s gone so we can cuss Sh!+, Mf, Damn!
    LOVE you Dad ❤️



  16. Carl and Bernice Garmon on March 12, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Condolences to the family for your loss. God Bless🙏🏾



  17. Emma Jones on March 12, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Rest in heaven you will be missed you all have my deepest condolences and prayers 🙏🙏🎈



  18. Barbara Maeweather on March 12, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Condolences to the family. God bless you and keep you in His care. Praying that you find strength during these difficult times.



  19. Lisa Hunter on March 12, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    Winky you will be deeply miss but never forgotten love you and rest peaceful.



  20. Kisha & Family on March 13, 2020 at 12:32 am

    I just ran into a month ago at the Party Store. And you looked at me and said: you Marc sister Kisha 😂 I said yes Winky Bobby’s daughter Kisha 😂. You never know when you will have that last conversation with someone. Rest on Unc… And my condolences are with the family. God give thrm strength and healing, Grace and Mercy in Jesus Name…Amen



  21. Kisha & Family on March 13, 2020 at 12:36 am

    I just ran into you a month ago at the Party Store. And you looked at me and said: you Marc sister Kisha 😂 I said yes Winky Bobby’s daughter Kisha 😂. You never know when you will have that last conversation with someone. Rest on Unc… And my condolences are with the family. God give them strength and healing, Grace and Mercy in Jesus Name…Amen



  22. Roy on September 28, 2020 at 9:51 am

    My Most Deepest Condolences to the family, going to miss You, My life long FRIEND.



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