Roger Willey, MD
A celebration of life service will be held Sept. 22 for Roger Willey, MD, who was in family practice in Redwood City for more than 40 years and served as chief of staff at Sequoia Hospital from 1972-73. Dr. Willey was 91 when he passed away on Aug. 21.
The celebration of life is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Woodside Road United Methodist Church at 2000 Woodside Road, Redwood City.
Willey, a World War II veteran of both the cavalry and the medical corps, was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society,
While at the University of Iowa School of Medicine, he met his future wife, Muriel, and the couple married in 1948. In 1951 they came to Redwood City where they raised three children and Willey started family practice.
He was devoted to building strong communities and supported numerous organizations, including Woodside Road United Methodist Church, Peninsula Interfaith Action, and Citizens Against Racism.
Retirement allowed Dr.Willey to explore many lifelong interests, including
photography and astronomy. He and his wife belonged to a memoir-writing class at the Senior Center in Redwood City. His poem, “Read to Me, Grandpa,” won first place in a county-wide senior poetry contest.
The couple became avid travelers, driving across the nation in a VW Westfalia van. They also visited New Zealand, Australia, Spain, China and Europe.
In addition to his widow, Dr. Willey’s survivors include son Scott Willey, and his wife Michele, of Sunnyvale; daughter Margaret Conrad, and her husband Max, of Schenkon,
Switzerland; daughter Lisa Evans, and her husband David, of Roseville, brother David Willey of Loveland, Colorado, as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The family suggests donations to The Terraces at Los Altos Memory Care Center, known as the Grove, or the aforementioned United Methodist Church in Redwood City.