In Memory of




Obituary for George E. Willett

Howland – George E. Willett, 90, went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 14, 2022 at a Lincoln hospital. He was born November 26, 1931 in Howland, the son of Cecil L. and Jennie M. (Shorey) Willett.

George grew up in Howland, and was a graduate of Howland High School, class of 1950. He served in the U.S. Army 7th Recon. during the Korean Conflict. George was a wood craftsman, and was well known throughout the area for his work. His cabinets were especially popular, and his work adorns many of the homes, camps, and businesses throughout the area. George worked in the Carpenter’s Shop at the University of Maine, and retired from there in the mid 1990’s with more than 20 years employment. George was an active member of the Howland Baptist Church, where he served as an honorary deacon, trustee, and many other capacities. He built many aspects of the church, and the church gym and kitchen area, Willett Hall, is named in his honor for his many contributions. A devoted Christian, husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, George’s family was everything to him. He will be lovingly remembered and fondly missed by all whose life he touched.

George is survived by his wife of 68 years and 11 months, Betty L. (Batchelder) Willett; two children, Cathy Ritchie and her husband Kevin; Brent George Willett and his wife Cheryl; seven grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; two sisters, Eunice Smart and MaryLou Sherwood; a brother Willis Willett and his wife Amaryl; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, George was predeceased by sisters Beatrice Shorey and Lucille Fleming, a daughter, Brenda Bryer, a grandson, Keith Ritchie, and great granddaughter, Olivia Ritchie.

Friends are invited to visit with the family 1-2 PM Saturday, February 19 at the Howland Baptist Church, 5 Penobscot Avenue, Howland, where funeral services will be held 2 PM with Pastor Dale Chasse officiating. Spring interment, with military honors, will be at the Edinburg Cemetery. Gifts in memory of George may be sent to the Howland Baptist Church, P.O. Box 656, Howland, ME 04448. Services will be livestreamed and may be viewed, and messages of condolence expressed, at George’s Book of Memories at