Willis Marion Cagle, 87, passed on June 11, 2020.
Willis was born in Catoosa, OK. on Sept. 9, 1932. He is proceeded in death by his parents, Earnest and Lissie, and his wife, Janice Dee Cagle, who he married on June 6, 1964. Also proceeding hm in death were brothers, Carl Cagle, Donald Cagle and Harold Cagle.
He is survived by his youngest brother James Cagle and wife Lynda Cagle of Dallas, Texas. He is survived by daughter, Jo Cagle; son. Zane Cagle; daughter in-law, Lee Cagle; as well as grandchildren, Aiko Lissie Cagle and Kai Marion Cagle, all of St. Louis.
Willis was drafted by the US Army in November of 1955 and served through Aug. 23, 1957, and was stationed in Alaska.
Upon being discharged, he attended Connors Junior College and East Central University in Oklahoma earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in mathematics and physical education. He spent 28 years in the Missouri public school system coaching basketball, football and baseball at Southwest High, Salem, and Camdenton. During his time in the public school system, he was a principal and superintendent at Purdy, Morrisville and Diamond. While teaching and coaching, he completed a master degree at the University of Arkansas and a specialist degree at University of Central Missouri.
Willis grew up on a ranch in Oklahoma, he maintained a love for ranching in Morrisville and later in Stockton. He enjoyed coaching, farming, and mingling at the local coffee shops with many colorful friends he made along the way. Since 2017, he lived in St. Louis, Missouri spending time with his children and grandchildren.
We will miss his stories, and are grateful for the shared history he taught as a foundation for life lessons.
A graveside memorial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Wofford Cemetery in Catoosa OK, by Michael Tunnell of the Stockton Christian Church. Arrangements have been coordinated through Shrader Funeral Home in Ballwin at (636) 227-5511.