March 24, 1940 – November 7, 2019
Written by Doug
I was born on March 24, 1940, to Gladys (Mathews) and Walter “Pinkie” Willmann with the help of a mid-wife in a house in Mason, Texas.
First through sixth grades I attended Austin Elementary in Odessa. Seventh, eighth and ninth was at Crockett Junior High and 10th-12th were at Odessa High. Went to summer school and graduated in 1958.
In the fall, went to Odessa Junior College on a baseball scholarship for one semester. Then attended Blinn College for a couple months. Then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, did basic training at Lackland in San Antonio, was sent to Lowery AFB in Denver. Upon completion of Aircraft Armament Technical training was assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Glendale, Ariz. Had an honorable discharge in 1964. Started working for Lockheed Aircraft Service.
Married Sharroyn Whitely of Odesssa December 1964. She had two daughters, Christi and Cathi. In December 1965, Kelli Sue was born! I was working part-time with Maricopa County Reserves and going to Glendale College on the GI Bill studying criminal justice.
In 1975, had a chance to work part-time at Youngtown Police Department where in 1976 went full-time, and I quit Lockheed.
Sharroyn and I got a mutual divorce in 1978.
Dec. 24, 1978, I moved to Wickenburg Police Department as a patrolman. Worked through the ranks and was appointed police chief in 1988.
Umpired many years for Little League; joined the staff of coaches for a year of Pop Warner Football; involved in the continuance of the Easter Egg Hunt by the law enforcement personnel after the Wise Owl group had decided to quit doing this project for the children. Also involved in starting the organization of Cops Who Care.
Married Sherry Stephens Bowie and her five children on Jan. 2, 1982.
In 1995, our daughter Kelli died of cancer in Odessa. Time to retire, where Sherry and I moved out to a cabin on James River to help “Poodle” and Evelyn Zesch for five years with the cattle. “Poodle” died in 2000 and Evelyn passed away in 2008. We moved closer to Mason.
I leave behind my wife Sherry, our children and grandchildren: Sheretta Drescher (T.J., Vanessa and Gerald); June and Chuck Antos (Chaz and Audrey and “little” Charlie); (TyceLee and Chris Ryan); Yvette Bowie (Chan and Colton); Shawn Byrne (Tyler and Sammy); Jimmy Joe and Angela Bowie (Isabel); Thurman Bowie (Michael); Erika (Eric and Sedona); Samantha and Ray Acosta (Cruz and Cortez); (great-granddaughter Zoe Carr killed in an ATV accident in 2016); niece Jessica and Jesse Cummins and families and nephew Chester Bowie.
I also leave behind my sister, Sue Caldwell of Lamesa, Texas; three nieces and a nephew: Lisa and Stanley Brown (Aaron); Christy and Randy Lambright (Julie with Austin and Presley;) Cindy (Lynzee and Delario); Mark and Wendy Oates (Chad and Lindsey (Carter, Parker and Gracelynn) and Garrett and Kaylee; Christi and Cathi and their families; sister-in-law Roxie and Roger James of California; nephews and a niece Rodney and Shannon (Cameron and Jordon); Ryan and Laurie (Lily and Locklan); Robin and Mark Millan (Ryan andAustin Campbell); niece Felicia Stephens and Robert Smith (Dakota).
I was very blessed to have had many family members and law enforcement friends in Arizona and enjoyed playing games and arguing politics with them and keeping up with all my old classmates from Odessa on Facebook!
There will be no service but memorials may be sent to your choice: Mason County Nutrition, P.O. Box 1726, Mason, Texas 76856, or HCM Hospice, P.O. Box 835, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624 ,or Cops Who Care, 155 Tegner St., Wickenburg, AZ 85390.