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ISHPEMING, MI – Joseph J. Willey, 69, formerly of 111 Bluff St., Ishpeming, died Sunday, September 26, 2021, at Mission Point Nursing & Physical Rehabilitation Center, Ishpeming, while under care affectionate to his family, staff and the UP Home Health and Hospice.

Joe was born in Ishpeming on November 25, 1951, the son of the late Florence M. (Pleau) and James M. Willey. He attended Ishpeming High School. He worked at Willey’s Tire Shop in Ishpeming as a laborer for several years; he had also worked at Mid-Michigan Dairy Co-op; Challenge Inc., in Walker, MI; and Pop’s Restaurant. Joe was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, Post # 179, in Grandville, MI.

Joseph is survived by two brothers – Thomas (Charleen) Willey of Ishpeming, MI; William (Cathy) Willey from Wyoming, MI; sister – Patricia Biermaker from Hart, MI; several nieces and nephews – Tyler Willey, Bailey Willey, Connie Willey, Heather Willey, Mark Anderson, Kevin Anderson, Stephanie Willey, Anthony Willey and William K. Willey, grand-niece – Charley Willey-Anderson, grand-nephew – Dominic Willey, with many cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and a little brother – Robert Willey.

The family will welcome relatives and friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 1, 2021, at Mitchell United Methodist Church in Negaunee, where a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Christopher Hintz in charge. Interment will take place in Ishpeming Cemetery.

Honorary bearers will be Scott Willey, Sr., Scott Willey, Jr., Marcus Willey, Daniel Willey, Sr., Louis Willey and Clarence “Tiger” Willey.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Mission Point, Dr. Kroll; Marquette Dialysis Center; and the oncology staff at UP Health System – Marquette for their compassionate care.

Joe’s obituary can also be viewed at, where relatives and friends can leave a memorial note.

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