Robert Eugene Willard

Male28 February 1922–July 1981

Brief Life History of Robert Eugene

When Robert Eugene Willard was born on 28 February 1922, in Los Angeles, California, United States, his father, Orville Leonard Willard, was 29 and his mother, Vera Marie Whitman, was 29. He married Anna Louise Wilson on 28 February 1943, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1940 and Madera, Madera, California, United States in 1950. He died in July 1981, in Visalia, Tulare, California, United States, at the age of 59, and was buried in Exeter, Tulare, California, United States.

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Robert Eugene Willard
Anna Louise Wilson
Marriage: 28 February 1943
Daniel Ray Willard

Sources (13)

  • Robert Willard, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Robert Eugene Willard, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Robert Eugene Willard, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    28 February 1943Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Children (1)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (2)

    World Events (8)

    1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

    Age 1

    Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

    1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

    Age 12

    Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 


    Age 19

    Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

    Name Meaning

    English (Sussex, Kent, and Surrey): from the Middle English personal name Willard, representing either Old English Wilheard or Old French Willard (ancient Germanic Willihard), the source of both of which consists of elements meaning ‘will, desire’ + ‘hardy, brave’. The name may also derive from the Middle English personal name Withelard, shortened to Willard (Old French, ancient Germanic Widelard).

    German: variant of Willhardt (see Willert ) and, in North America, (also) an altered form of this.

    History: Simon Willard (1605–76) came from Horsmonden, Kent, England, to Boston, MA, in 1634. In that year he became one of the founders of Cambridge, MA, and the following year (1635) was a founder of Concord, MA. Twenty years later, in 1659, he was a founder of Lancaster, MA. Simon Willard was involved in numerous confrontations with the Native Americans, in particular in ‘King Philip's War’ of 1675–76. He had seventeen children and was the ancestor of many prominent Americans.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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