Delbert Joseph "Jiggs" Willmouth, 86, of Miller, Mo., passed away at 4:50 p.m. Friday, Oct.13, 2017, at Mount Vernon Place Care Center. He was born March 26, 1931, in Terre Haute, Ind., the son of Riley and Lottie Matilda (Miller) Willmouth.
Jiggs graduated from Gerstmeyer Technical High School in Terre Haute, on June 7, 1949, and then he attended Indiana State University, in Terre Haute. He was in the Naval Reserve, from 1948-1949. He joined the United Stated Air Force serving from 1949-1950 and then entered into the Air Force Reserve. He worked for Hulman & Company, as a printer, Borden Dairy Company, Terre Haute Tribune Star newspaper, The Brazil Times newspaper and managed the Brazil City Pool for several years in 1970s. He was the former owner of Pet Mart pet shop in Brazil, and attended Miller First Baptist Church.
On July 29, 1950, he married Elizabeth Ann Van Gilder in Terre Haute. She preceded him in death on June 27, 2014.
He is survived by his daughter, Debra Lynn Rusk of Terre Haute; one son, Mike Willmouth and his wife Debbie of Miller; six grandchildren, Shawn (Ally) Barr, Danielle Flora, Jamie (Darin) Brush, Nick (Alisha) Kirkling, Mandy (Robert) Kanakis and Christopher Willmouth; one granddaughter-in-law, Stephanie Barr; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, friends and church family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Riley and Lottie; wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Vicki Robbins; grandson, Jason Barr; and two sisters, Pearl King and Eleanor Forbeck.
Burial will be at a later date at Bee Ridge Cemetery in Brazil. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Morris-Leiman-Mosher Funeral Home in Miller.
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Published on October 20, 2017