As a signalman in the Navy, Saipan and Tinian were but two of the islands where Willard was stationed before he left the Navy as a SPC Y3C in 1946. After the service, Willard attended the University of Minnesota and St. Paul Bible College and he would later earn a theology degree from Bible Baptist College.
Willard came to Oregon in the early 50's where he worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a district clerk and manned the Acker Rock lookout tower in Tiller, Ore. During this time he met and married Lois Lundell on June 25, 1954. This past summer they observed their 58th wedding anniversary. While at Tiller, Willard was the boys dean and a teacher at Canyonville Bible Academy and he pastored the Umpqua Community Church for two years before accepting the pastorate at the Brookings Bible Church where he served for nine years.
In 1967, Willard became the pastor of the Prineville Community Church, a position he held for 27 years before retiring in 1994. While in Prineville, Willard became an avid fossil hunter. He loved hiking the hills of Central Oregon, enjoyed rockhounding, and spending time with his wife, Lois.
For many years before and after retirement, Willard gave his time as a Visitation Director for Prineville Funeral Home, he was a chaplain for the hospice program, and for twenty years he served on the Crook County Selective Service Board.
Willard is survived by his brothers, John of Murietta, Calif.; Douglas of New Brighton, Minn.; and David of LeMars, Iowa. His children are Wendy Knottingham (Dennis) of Yuba City, California; Brian Fenderson (Ann) of Salem, Ore.; Laurie McAlister (Randy) of Tualatin, Ore.; Heidi Feely (Donald) of Canby, Ore.; Kathy March (Monte) of Prineville; Rose Lopez (Greg) of Dundee, Ore.; and Kevan Fenderson (Wendolyn), of Dallas, Texas. Willard had 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.