Fireman 3rd Class Willard Irvin Lawson, USN, age 25, of Milton, Kentucky, passed away on Sunday, December 7, 1941 in Hawaii while serving aboard the USS Oklahoma during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Born November 21, 1916 in Middletown, Ohio, he was the son of C.H. and Gertie Mae (Gunnell) Lawson.
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F3c Lawson enlisted in the U.S. Navy on January 15, 1941 in Milton.
He is survived by two half-sisters: Janet Wilson of Middletown and Geneva Taylor of Monroe, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, three brothers, William, Leonard and Albert Lawson, and three sisters, Ann Moore, Mary Lutxehus and Margaret Ingles are now deceased.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 PM Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Madison, Indiana, with interment to follow.
An honor guard from the United States Navy will provide a final salute and military honors at the cemetery.
Lytle Welty Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Madison, is in charge of the arrangements.