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Darwin A. Willey

Darwin A. Willey, age 71, of Zanesville, Ohio, died Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at Genesis Hospital in Zanesville. He was born April 5, 1951, in Noble County, son of the late Clinton Wayne and Sarah Mae Nichelson Willey. Darwin was a graduate of Caldwell High School and Zane State College, where he earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration. He was employed by the Benatty Corporation as an oil field supervisor and by Belden and Blake as a field supervisor. He was also employed for a time at Stoney’s RV and The Daily Jeffersonian as a delivery man, both in Cambridge. He was a veteran of the Ohio National Guard based in Caldwell. Darwin enjoyed going to local youth sporting events where he loved watching his children and grandchildren and was known as everybody’s dad. He loved being around people, sharing his incredible sense of humor and being a jokester. He loved his beloved companion dog, Manny.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by four sisters, Joyce Davis, JoAnn Stobbs, Jeanne Eschbaugh, and Jewell Dovenbarger; and one brother, Don Willey.

Surviving are his children, Carey Ann Willey of Columbus, Andrea L. “Annie” (Troy) Bates of Cumberland, and Clint Richard (Kaci) Willey of Zanesville; his siblings, June Hayes of Caldwell, Joy Cunningham of Florida, and David (Etta) Willey of Sharon; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may call Friday, June 3, 2022, from 4-8 p.m. at McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, 416 East Street, Caldwell, where the funeral service will be observed Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m. with Pastor Jeff Eschbaugh officiating. Burial will follow at Dudley Cemetery. An online guestbook may be signed at

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