Eugene “JR” Willis, Schlosser Jr., 53, passed away on Nov. 27, 2019, at Kanakanak Hospital in Dillingham, Alaska, after a long battle with cancer. His cremated remains will be scattered in the Aleknagik and Nushagak rivers.
JR was born on July 8, 1966, in Dillingham. He graduated from Dillingham High School in 1984 and loved high school basketball and ivory carving. After high school, JR went down to the Lower 48 with his girlfriend and explored everything they could. His favorite place he explored was Washington, D.C., and he loved Montana’s wild way of life. Over the years, he resided in Anchorage, Wasilla, and Dillingham, Alaska. In the summer of 1993, JR joined the Tazlina Hotshots out of Glennallen, Alaska. It was the one career he was most proud of. He also loved fishing off his mom’s boat, the FV Wolverine.
JR loved motorcycles at a young age and rode them frequently. He loved shooting and often bragged about having the better shot of his dad’s Winchester magnum. He had a hobby for model airplanes as well and really wanted his grandchildren to learn how to fly them. His family wrote: “JR was known for charisma and his warm personality. He had a loving and caring heart and cared about his friends who he referred to as a family.”
JR is survived by his children, Cheyanne Winkley of Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Brandie Bocatch of Dillingham, Skyler Schlosser and Rosa Schlosser of Wasilla, and Landon Schlosser of Dillingham; grandchildren, Marley Thompson, Aspen Winkley, and Regina Winkley, all of Whiteman AFB, and Jeremy Olson of Dillingham; and his siblings, Brenda Mulkeit of Dillingham, Wanda O’Connor of Marcola, Ore., and Clifford Mulkeit, Jean Schlosser and Genee Schlosser, all of Dillingham. He is preceded in death by his mother, Rosa; father, Eugene; and also Bruce Mulkeit and Craig Mulkeit.