Ralph Daniel Willis

Ralph Daniel Willis

Willis, Ralph Daniel “Dan”

72, of St. Petersburg, passed away on October 6th, 2017 at home.

Ralph Daniel Willis was born in Greenville, Michigan on May 18th, 1945 the 4th of 5 children to Ralph & Elnora Willis. Better known as Danny to friends & family, he & his siblings grew up in a pastor’s home and were immersed in church activities. Just before Dan’s first year in college, his father accepted the position of pastor at a tiny little country church in Ohio, North Mount Zion.

It was here that he met his future wife, Sharyl Doenges and on August 18, 1967, they were married. They both attended Fort Wayne Bible College and Dan graduated in 1969 with a B.A. in Missions. He fathered 2 daughters, Deborah & Deanna. His professional life contained a vast array of experiences & pursuits including pastoring a church, insurance sales, electrical work, & as owner of several different types of businesses.

In 1992, he and his family moved to St. Petersburg,  Florida to work as a printer for Drive-in Ministries which was then located on US 19 and later replaced by the Super Wal-Mart.

He is survived by his wife, Sharyl; daughter, Deborah Wise (married to Steve Wise) who is currently living in Winona Lake, Indiana; and daughter, Deanna Vesey (married to Bryan Vesey) who is currently living in Tampa, Florida. There will be a gathering on Saturday, October 21st in the Sorensen Funeral Home Chapel from 10:00am-11:00am followed by a memorial service at 11:00am.


  • Melissa Stiltner Posted October 12, 2017 5:38 pm

    So sorry for your loss! Thoughts & prayers with your entire family.

  • Tina Schieferstein Posted October 12, 2017 11:14 pm

    So deeply saddened to hear this news. Praying for all of the family as you go through this very difficult tme. May you be filled with God’s comfort and peace.

  • Joel Copple Posted October 13, 2017 1:02 am

    I am so sorry for your loss… and so happy for his gain. Praying for you…

  • Pastor Brent Posted October 13, 2017 10:36 am

    Dear Sharyl, Deb and DeAnna,
    So sorry for your loss, we are praying for you.

  • Margie Reed Posted July 11, 2018 9:23 am

    So sorry to learn of Dan’s passing. We graduated together in 1963 from Onsted High School. Always remember him as the tall blond boy & being quiet. Thanks for sending a note to the Alumni to let us know of Dans passing. Our sympathy to his family.

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