Willis Brewer, 77, passed away on June 5, 2019, at the Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha after a long battle with Dementia. He was born at home on October 27, 1941, in Fairbank, Iowa, and was raised by his father.
He attended Lamont High School and graduated in 1960. Willis lived in Independence most of his life. He was married to Nancy Brewer, Independence, for 34 years. Willis worked for the Mental Health Institute for 32 years, first as a Psychiatric Aid and then in the Carpentry Department until he retired. Willis enjoyed woodworking and home refinishing projects; along with his love of cars, motorcycles and music.
Willis is survived by his children, Lisa (Jay) Hawk of Marion, Cory (Jodi) Brewer of Independence, grandchildren Dawson and Kinzey Hawk, and his sisters, Faith Arthur and Bev Steggall. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Paul, Gerald, Kenny and Larry Brewer.
In place of visitation and funeral services, Willis donated his body to the University of Iowa research and training program in an effort to help others dealing with this challenging disease. Condolences can be left to the family online at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries or sent to Cory Brewer at 1605 Carrie Ave SW, Independence, IA 50644.
The family would like to extend a thank you to the staff at Hospice House for their special care and concern for Willis in his final days.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha, Iowa.