Retired US Park Police Capt. Willis L. Headlee, 60, served in the Washington area for 28
years, died Thursday in Bradenton, Fla., after a stroke.
He had lived in Florida since retiring in 1971.
Capt. Headlee joined the Park Police here in 1943, becoming a captain in 1966.
Considered an expert in traffic control and accident investigation, he had assisted in the overall planning for traffic and crowd control at the services for the late President Kennedy and for Resurrection City during the Poor People's March in 1969.
Capt. Headlee held a key position in the protection of the President and honored guests during the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremonies and at the observances on park property that marked the Fourth of July and Memorial Day.
Born in Mount Morris, Pa. he came here in 1941, and worked for the old Capitol Transit Co. before joining the Park Police.
He is survived by his wife, Nelle, of the home in Bradenton; two sons, James F. and Robert, both of Rockville, a daughter, Elsie Tuma, of Vienna; two sisters, Ruth Patterson, of Laurel, and Evelyn Fox, of Mount Morris, and six grandchildren.
Newspaper obituary, date and source unknown (Greene County, PA)
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