LOVELAND, Colo. — Eileen (Raile/Foltmer) Willard 85, died Sept. 1, 2015, at NorthShore Hospice Center in Loveland, Colo., after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
Eileen was born in Cheyenne County on Dec. 31, 1929, to Chris and Neta (Williamson) Raile. She attended school in St. Francis. Eileen married Paul Foltmer and they lived in the Wray, Colo., area for several years. They moved to Great Bend shortly before Paul died. They had three sons, Larry, Nick, and Jon. Eileen later married Harold Willard, a longtime resident of Great Bend.
Eileen was a stay at home mother and wife except for the eight years she was employed by Barton County Community College as a librarian, a job she enjoyed immensely.
Eileen and Harold traveled extensively in their 5th Wheel camper, and always made a yearly trip to Colorado to camp and enjoy their Colorado relatives. She was an amateur photographer, and enjoyed taking pictures of scenery and relatives. She also enjoyed fishing, reading, and working crossword puzzles, but most of all she loved playing Scrabble. Her greatest delight was beating her sister and brother at the game, which she did most of the time. Eileen was an avid bird watcher and delighted in feeding and caring for the birds at her residence in Great Bend. She was able to continue feeding and watching the birds when she moved to Loveland, Colo.
Eileen is survived by her son Nick (Diane) Foltmer of Drake, Colo.; granddaughter, Kim (Bill) Gallagher of Loveland, Colo.; her sister, Jacquelyn (Glenn)Diltz of Greeley, Colo., brother, Sidney (Madeline) Raile of Chesterfield, Mo.; a daughter-in-law Donna Foltmer of Denver, Colo.; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Foltmer; husband Harold Willard; her oldest son Larry Foltmer; her youngest son Jon Foltmer; and her sister Janette (Raile) Overturf.
No immediate services are planned and cremation has taken place. Condolences may be sent to: Nick Foltmer at P.O. Box 114, Drake, CO 80515 or Kim Gallagher at 184 Mercy Dr., Loveland, CO 80537.
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Sept. 23, 2015**