Friday, January 12, 2018 ~ 11:00 a.m.
Marcy Chapel ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Interment at a Later Date
Thursday, January 11, 2018 ~ 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Marcy Chapel ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Ashland Fire and Rescue
Willard M. Alley, 93 of Ashland passed away Monday, January 8, 2018 at his home. He was born to Willis H. Alley and Helen (Addleman) Alley on Jan. 20, 1924 in Louisville, NE. He attended school in Wann, NE, graduating from 10th grade. His childhood years were spent in and around the Wann and Ashland area. Willard had many wonderful memories and stories about coon hounds and hunting with his Dad. His eyes would literally sparkle when he was sharing a story with us about a hunt or a special dog. His love of animals followed him throughout his lifetime.
On November 26, 1941, he was united in marriage to Lila Rose Vosler. Five children were born of this loving union, Phyllis, Richard, Robert, Rodney and Ronald. Willard served in the Navy Seebees and was stationed in California. After his discharge, he and Lila returned to Ashland where they made their home. Willard went to work for Hightshoe Construction upon his return from the military. Soon after, he went to work for Mayfield’s Plumbing and Heating, becoming a devoted and dedicated employee for thirty years. During that time he made many friends and never met a stranger. Willard then became a City of Ashland foreman, a position he held for ten years. Even after retirement, Willard continued to work doing road maintenance for Clear Creek Precinct.
As a young couple, Willard and Lila and children spent many nights at the stock-car races, as Willard drove a 1932 Ford. Willard’s love of racing continued thru the years as the younger generation came along and he and Lila watched and supported their grandchildren. Many evenings were spent watching videos of past races. Willard took pride in the accomplishments of the young racers. Going to the races became a favorite pastime for Willard and Lila in later years.
Raising Appaloosas and showing horses also played a large role in Willard’s life. Again his love of animals played a large part in his care and adventuress with his horses. Pictures hold fond remembrances of many special horses owned and always an interesting story to accompany the photo. Hearing such stories, you could hear the excitement in his voice, feeling as if you were part of it.
First and foremost, Willards love of his wife Lila, and his children and grandchildren have been felt by all. His caring, kind, selfless acts, always ready at the drop of a hat to help someone who needed a hand, will be remembered fondly by each. Willard has been a perfect example of what father should be. One could not ask for more. We will walk tall in remembrance of the great man that he was. We are thankful for the lessons in life that he shared with us. We will miss you Dad.
Willard was preceded in death by his wife Lila; son, Richard Alley; parents, brothers Ivan & Marvin Alley; sister, Mable Hightshoe; grandson David Humston.
He is survived by children and spouses Phyllis (Mike) Humston, Robert (Gail) Alley, Rodney (Donna) Alley and Ronald Alley; 15 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.