Obituary: Frank Kenneth ‘F.K.’ Willmuth


Frank Kenneth “F.K.” Willmuth Jr., 93 of Strawberry died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.  He was born July 21, 1927, in Strawberry, Arkansas to Frank Kenneth “Bud” Willmuth Sr. and Verna Mae Milligan Willmuth.  He was retired from White Rodgers in Batesville, where he worked in maintenance and was also a cattle rancher.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran, a member of the Masonic Lodge #29 in Smithville, and was a member of Mount Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, James Murphy Willmuth, and four sisters, Pauline Howard, Mary Wanda Williams, Johnnie Sue Ratliff, and Brenda Nell Moore.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Nina Willmuth of the home; two daughters, Beverly Matheny (Jerry) and Ronda Witt (Eddie) both of Strawberry; one brother, Charles Willmuth of Cave City; sister-in-law, Carolyn Willmuth of Strawberry; four grandchildren, Jenny Burrow (Justin) of Strawberry, Leslee Smith (Jared) of Cave City, Zach Witt (Amber) of Batesville and Jordan Young (Chris) of Cave City; nine great-grandchildren, Chase, Ayden and Emree Smith of Cave City, Gabe, Maci and Beckett Witt of Batesville, Kaden and Libby Burrow of Strawberry and Witten Young of Cave City and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at the Qualls Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Stanley Vandergrift officiating. Burial will follow in the Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Rex Williams, Mike Willmuth, John David Howard, Marvin Kutzman, Mark Ratliff, and Danny Ratliff.

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