David J. Willoughby (1950-2018)

Photo by Liza Groen Trombi/Locus

Fan and collector David J. Willoughby, 67, died October 5, 2018 of complications from pancreatic cancer at home in Tuscola IL. Willoughby was a regular and beloved presence at SF conventions for decades, known for his avid collecting and the vast library he assembled over his 50 years in fandom, and as a dedicated autograph-seeker.

Willoughby was born November 1, 1950 in Short Creek KY, moving to Illinois as a baby. He attended Tuscola Community High School, graduating in 1968, and enlisted in the US Air Force, where he served for 22 years. After his discharge he worked as a civilian contractor at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, before retiring and moving back to Tuscola. He is survived by his mother, three brothers, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

—Greg Ketter/Locus


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