Roger Dale Willis, age 73, of Petersburg, Indiana, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 31, 2020, at Select Medical, in Evansville, Indiana.
He was born in Petersburg in his family home to Wesley and Mary (Evans) Willis.
Mr. Willis lived in Petersburg and Loogootee. He attended Petersburg High School, Oakland City University, and Indiana St-ate University. His interests always centered around the art world. He taught at Dearborn School Corporation for three years before coming to Loogootee in 1973. He enjoyed all classes K-12, as well as being assistant student council advisor, working with yearly academic bowls, and gifted and talented classes. He established an Artist in Residence program through a grant for the State of Indiana. Students from Russia, England, China, and more spent semesters at Loogootee schools.
He was an avid traveler. He and his father took many auto trips. He also enjoyed 11 trips to Israel, a trip to China, and more. He was a valuable member of his home area of Petersburg. He was a member of the Pike County Community Foundation, Southern Indiana Holiness Association and Martin County Community Foundation. He was the owner of the Ole Flower Shoppe, in Petersburg, at the time of his passing.
Survivors include his mother, Mary; sisters, Jeanita Horton and Juanita Richardson; a brother, Tim Willis; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Due to the coronavirus, a private service for family members only will be held.
A memorial service for the public will be held at later date.
O.D. Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.