One of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s last World War II veterans will be celebrating his 95th birthday this week.

Willis C. Border of Davisville was born on Sept. 22, 1923, in Ritchie County, a son of the late John and Isabelle Middleton Border.

He graduated from Cairo High School and served in the United States Marine Corps. He was on the ground crew for Magruder’s Night Raiders, named for Maj. Marion Magruder, whose F6 Hellcat fighters used radar for nighttime air attacks and gun battles. He served on Okinawa and elsewhere in the South Pacific during the war.

He came home and married Helen Hill. They were married for more than 60 years before she passed away in 2015. They had two children, the late Larry Border, a pharmacist and long-time WV legislator, and the late Charlene Border.

He worked 35 years as a laboratory technician at DuPont Washington Works. After retirement, he became a full-time farmer and property developer.

He has three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren: Dr. Heather Mullens, D.O., and her husband, Scott, of Cary, NC, and their children, Katie, Claire and Mark; Rebecca Dimit, C.P.A., and her husband, Brad, and their children, Lacey and J.J., of Davisville; and Christopher Border, Pharm. D., and his wife, Naddine, and their children, Kylee, Bailey and Arya, all of Davisville.

He also has a brother, Lloyd, of Davisville, and a former daughter-in-law, Anna Sheppard and her husband, Roger, of Davisville.

He would enjoy receiving cards from well-wishers, who can send them to: Willis Border, 247 Highland Meadows Drive, Davisville, WV 26142.


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