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Date of Birth: November 29, 1971
A brief from Vicki M. Curby, PhD University of Missouri-Columbia:
John was a delight to be around. He was so energetic and committed to his political endeavors. I ran across a comment about him that stated, “he is naturally polite and respectful of everyone which whom he comes in contact. There is nothing artificial about John; he seems to be at peace with himself and thereby puts others at ease. I don’t think he consciously tries to be an nice guy, he just is,” that’s John.
John Charles Willet, B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, May 14, 1995, Economics. Proud TKE brother. Appointed one term Taney county Treasurer by then Governor Mel Carnahan at 23 years of age, he was the youngest County Treasurer in the State of Missouri and did he make a difference. He changed politics in Taney County forever.
Masters Degree, University of Missouri, Kansas City, July 28, 2000, Economics. Attended Oxford before starting work on Doctorate in Economics at Notre Dame University. Left for a job with Chase Manhattan Bank. From Chase he went to work for CO2e.com, a Cantor Fitzgerald company, dealing in emission trading, located in the World Trade Center. John loved New York and his job at CO2e.com. He also loved his beloved Missouri Tiger basketball and football teams. He loved to Trout fish with his dad, and talk and visit with his mom. He loved good food in Mom and Pop style restaurants. He loved Kansas City Bar-B-Q. He loved to read and do things to help others. The testimonial letters of him reaching out to others have been wonderful. He attended Mardi Gras every year with his friends. He had a first degree Black Belt in Karate, never bragged about it. He left messages on his mom and dad’s answering machine a minimum of three times per week. “Hi mom and dad, just called to tell you that I love you.” Had a few beers with his friends and buddies from time to time but never attempted to smoke or do drugs, he didn’t believe in doing physical harm to the body. He loved going to mass on Sunday with his mom and dad. There was no room in John Charles Willett for hatred, he even opposed capitol punishment. John believed that education was the best weapon against hatred and bigotry.
If you would like to contribute to the John Charles Willett Scholarship Fund, contact: Julie A. Martyr, Attorney at Law, 400 W. Kansas, Independence, MO 64050, Telephone: (816) 836-0427.
God Bless the United States of America.