In memory of
Edward Payson Willard III
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In memory of
Edward Payson Willard III
WILLARD III, Dr. Edward Payson Dr. Edward Payson Willard III of Springfield, MO, passed away peacefully following a short illness, on July 13, 2017. He was born October 31, 1939 in Commerce TX, child of Edward Payson (Jr.) and Pauline (Leeman) Willard, both deceased. Payson was raised in Highland Park (Dallas), TX, along with his elder sister Francis (Willard) Nevin (deceased). Payson attended Southern Methodist University from 1957-1964, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, as well as his BS and MS in Industrial Engineering. Attending Oklahoma State University, Payson received his PhD in Industrial Engineering in 1970. He was a member of numerous honorary academic societies and recipient of the National Science Foundation Research Award for his doctoral dissertation. Payson was employed from 1966-1991 at Texas Instruments, specializing in project management and development and operations research. After founding Willard & Associates in 1991, he developed and implemented quality improvement standards for the Department of Energy's multi-billion dollar Superconducting Super Collider project, designed to be the world's largest high energy physics research laboratory utilizing particle acceleration technology. Throughout his career Dr. Willard also taught numerous graduate courses at Southern Methodist University, Missouri State University and Drury University. In 1978 Payson married Linda Cathryn Bussey of Springfield MO (deceased 2014) in Dallas, TX, living there for several years where their daughter Cathryn Lynne was born. The family returned to Springfield in 1995. Payson was a devoted husband to his wife Linda and a loving and supportive father to his daughter Cathryn. Payson was always dependably warm and good-natured, willing to help anyone with anything, at any time. He approached problem solving in a quiet, positive manner, both professionally and personally. He had an unending love of the North Carolina coast where he spent most of his childhood summers, and the sea in general. Payson was a high school and college Texas statewide tennis and badminton competitor. He was an avid deep sea, pier and freshwater fisherman (catch and release), all-around handyman, and loved quiet times at his lake property outside of Dallas and at his family cabin in Lindenlure. He will be lovingly remembered for his unending loyalty to both his family and his friends. And then there was always that impish grin that charmed everyone he met. He is survived by his daughter Cathryn Lynne Willard, of Springfield, niece Nancy Nevin of Las Vegas, NV, nephew Daniel Nevin of Plano, TX, brother-in-law Lewis Bussey (Linda Surbaugh) of Denver, CO, extended family in North Carolina, cousins-in-law Lester Barrett Cox of Aspen, CO, Cindy Lipscomb Bayer of Israel, Larry Lipscomb (Tracy) of Springfield, and nephew Colin Bussey of Denver, CO. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Monday, July 17, at Christ Episcopal Church under the direction of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, Reverend John W. Biggs presiding. Reception for all follows immediately in the Parish Hall. Burial (cremation) will be in Hazelwood Cemetery. We would like to thank his wonderful support system including all his friends and caregivers, especially those at Morningside (Chesterfield Village) and Neighborhoods at Quail Creek. In lieu of flowers, Cathryn's family would appreciate memorial contributions to either the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation ( https://secure.webcreate.com/clients/70/contributionform.cfm ) or the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (https:// tspe.siteym.com/donations/donate.asp?id=8846 ). Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home www.gormanscharpf.com
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In memory of
Edward Payson Willard III
WILLARD III, Dr. Edward Payson Dr. Edward Payson Willard III of Springfield, MO, passed away peacefully following a short illness, on July 13, 2017. He was born October 31, 1939 in Commerce TX, child of Edward Payson (Jr.) and Pauline (Leeman) Willard, both deceased. Payson was raised in Highland Park (Dallas), TX, along with his elder sister Francis (Willard) Nevin (deceased). Payson attended Southern Methodist University from 1957-1964, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, as well as his BS and MS in Industrial Engineering. Attending Oklahoma State University, Payson received his PhD in Industrial Engineering in 1970. He was a member of numerous honorary academic societies and recipient of the National Science Foundation Research Award for his doctoral dissertation. Payson was employed from 1966-1991 at Texas Instruments, specializing in project management and development and operations research. After founding Willard & Associates in 1991, he developed and implemented quality improvement standards for the Department of Energy's multi-billion dollar Superconducting Super Collider project, designed to be the world's largest high energy physics research laboratory utilizing particle acceleration technology. Throughout his career Dr. Willard also taught numerous graduate courses at Southern Methodist University, Missouri State University and Drury University. In 1978 Payson married Linda Cathryn Bussey of Springfield MO (deceased 2014) in Dallas, TX, living there for several years where their daughter Cathryn Lynne was born. The family returned to Springfield in 1995. Payson was a devoted husband to his wife Linda and a loving and supportive father to his daughter Cathryn. Payson was always dependably warm and good-natured, willing to help anyone with anything, at any time. He approached problem solving in a quiet, positive manner, both professionally and personally. He had an unending love of the North Carolina coast where he spent most of his childhood summers, and the sea in general. Payson was a high school and college Texas statewide tennis and badminton competitor. He was an avid deep sea, pier and freshwater fisherman (catch and release), all-around handyman, and loved quiet times at his lake property outside of Dallas and at his family cabin in Lindenlure. He will be lovingly remembered for his unending loyalty to both his family and his friends. And then there was always that impish grin that charmed everyone he met. He is survived by his daughter Cathryn Lynne Willard, of Springfield, niece Nancy Nevin of Las Vegas, NV, nephew Daniel Nevin of Plano, TX, brother-in-law Lewis Bussey (Linda Surbaugh) of Denver, CO, extended family in North Carolina, cousins-in-law Lester Barrett Cox of Aspen, CO, Cindy Lipscomb Bayer of Israel, Larry Lipscomb (Tracy) of Springfield, and nephew Colin Bussey of Denver, CO. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Monday, July 17, at Christ Episcopal Church under the direction of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, Reverend John W. Biggs presiding. Reception for all follows immediately in the Parish Hall. Burial (cremation) will be in Hazelwood Cemetery. We would like to thank his wonderful support system including all his friends and caregivers, especially those at Morningside (Chesterfield Village) and Neighborhoods at Quail Creek. In lieu of flowers, Cathryn's family would appreciate memorial contributions to either the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation ( https://secure.webcreate.com/clients/70/contributionform.cfm ) or the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (https:// tspe.siteym.com/donations/donate.asp?id=8846 ). Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home www.gormanscharpf.com
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1947 East Seminole Street
Springfield, MO 65804
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