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Willey, Oramel D.

Age: 19, credited to Topsham, VT
Unit(s): 9th VT INF, 15th VT INF
Service: enl 9/15/62, m/i 10/22/62, CPL, Co. D, 15th VT INF, pr SGT 5/1/63, m/o 8/5/63; enl 1/2/64, m/i 1/2/64, Pvt, Co. G, 9th VT INF, tr to Co. D, 6/13/65, m/o 12/1/65

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Birth: 1843, Topsham, VT
Death: 07/13/1922

Burial: West Topsham Cemetery, Topsham, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None

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On Friday morning, July 14, about 8 o'clock, Mr. Willey, who like Enoch of Old had "Walked with God", all his life, came to the end of the journey, "and he was not, for God took him." He had gone about his usual duties, apparently chatting cheerfully with Miss Bates, at whose place he spent some time each day, the call came to him. His response was immediate, and the beautiful soul took flight, leaving the body with the implement of the days labor still in his hand.

Mr Willey was born in Topsham in 1843, the eldest of ten children of John and Katherine Willey. His parents went to Hillsboro, N.H. the next year, and there he obtained his education. As a youth he returned to Barre, and was employed there when he enlisted for three months in the war of the Rebellion. At the expiration of that time he re-enlisted, and fought in several of the great battles, including Gettysburg. His regiment was among the first to enter Richmond at the close of the war, and was detailed to remain there to keep order after the other troops had disbanded.

April 28, 1868, Mr. Wiley married Lucinda Kimball, of Topsham, who died Jan. 30, 1913. Two children blessed their home, Katherine, who is now Mrs. J. F. McLam of this place, with whom Mr. Willey has made his home since the death of his wife, and Arthur Kimball, of Schenectady, N.Y. There are five grandchildren, Arthur Jr., Helen, Margaret, and Charlotte Willey, and Wilbur McLam. He is survived by three brothers, Lucian of Humboldt, Ill., Everett of Barre, Eugene of Graniteville, and one sister, Mrs. Delia Foss of Plainfield.

Many years ago Mr. Willey joined the Topsham church and soon became a member of the session. When he came here to live nine years ago he became a member of the local Presbyterian session, in which capacity he he has rendered efficient before God and man, and has now entered into the reward promised to those that are faithful until death.

Mr Willey represented the town of Topsham in the legislature in 1900, and was always ready to undertake any service required of him. He was popular with old and young alike, having never lost the spirit of youth, and fun, of which he was abundantly blessed.

The funeral was held at his late home Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock. The service was conducted by the Rev. J. S. Garvin, his pastor, who was assisted by Dr. W. J. Bailey. The funeral was largely attended by the townspeople and a great many of his friends of other days from Topsham. The casket was surrounded by a profusion of beautiful flowers, many of which had been cultivated by Mr. Willey himself, and bore testimony to the love and esteem in which he was held by a multitude of friends, and to the deep love of the beautiful.

Interment was in the family lot in Topsham cemetery.

Barre Daily Times, July 22, 1922
Courtesy of Deanna French