Willard Eugene Burkhead, 87, of Shepherdsville, KY, passed away on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Springfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was a native of Washington Co, KY, a retired employee of the Ford Motor Company where he worked for over 30 years, an Army veteran, and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Norma Jean Burkhead; a son-in-law, Danny Gentry; his parents, Charlie and Katie Hudson Burkhead; two brothers, Leon and Cleo Burkhead; and two sisters, Doris Humes and Mary Lee Case. Willard is survived by two daughters, Sandra Wright and Linda Gentry; two brothers, James "Buddy" and Charles "Junior" Burkhead; three sisters, Flora Mae Auberry, Dulah Benham, and Carolyn Hardin; along with five grandchildren, Andrew (Sarah), Sarah (John), Erica (Brennan), Benjamin (Myranda), and Sophia; and 10 Great Grandchildren. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at McFarland-Troutman-Proffitt Funeral Home with burial to follow in Highland Memory Gardens. Friends may visit from 11:30 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday. Memorial gifts are suggested to Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.
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