Willard Lee Ambrose

July 8, 1936 - November 19, 2023

07/08/1936 - 11/19/2023

Past Services

Saturday November 25, 2023
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Lynnhaven Presbyterian Church
136 S Lynnhaven Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Funeral Service
Saturday November 25, 2023
11:00 am

Additional Information:

Lynnhaven Presbyterian Church
136 S Lynnhaven Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Saturday November 25, 2023
1:00 pm

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London Bridge Baptist Church
2460 Potters Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Willard Lee Ambrose, 87, peacefully passed away on November 19th surrounded by his loving family. He was born in East Lake, NC to the late Lee & Dixie Ambrose.


Willard is preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, Mary Lou.


Willard is survived by his children Lynn & Mike Gallob, Larry & Annette Ambrose, and Jaime Ambrose; his grandchildren, Mikie & Shannon Gallob, Jr., Amber & Sam Lattuca, Larry “LJ” Gallob, and Lauren & Bradley Windham; and the apples of his eye his 6 great grandchildren:  Kamryn & Piper Gallob, Mary Ella & Aniston Lattuca, and Dean & Sadie Windham; his brothers Irvin & Willie Ambrose, Bill Zelms and, Jack & Darlys Cake III, as well as many nieces and nephews whom he loved very much.


Willard was an avid motorcycle rider and loved any time he spent in his kayak on the water.  He loved reading, watching westerns, and everything NASCAR.  But most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with his family, even if it meant just sitting and watching a sunset or playing board games around the table. He was happiest when he was with his family.


He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving his country in the Army, stationed in Okinawa, Japan.  After which, he spent many years as a plasterer by trade. In retirement he enjoyed doing lawn work for a number of friends. He had many hobbies over the years which included woodworking, stained glass pieces, and glass etchings. You could usually either find him out in his sheds “piddling” around or sitting on his porch in his rocking chair relaxing.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Willard’s name to Lynnhaven Presbyterian Church or Green Acres Presbyterian Church.


Visitation will be at 10 am, Saturday, November 25th at Lynnhaven Presbyterian Church.


The funeral service will be held at 11am, Saturday, November 25th at Lynnhaven Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jay Pi of Lynnhaven Presbyterian Church, and the Rev. Elizabeth Hilkerbaumer of Green Acres Presbyterian Church officiating.  A small reception will be held after the service, with a committal following the reception at London Bridge Baptist Church.

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Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
4 months ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Willard Lee Ambrose, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Army Veteran, Willard Lee Ambrose, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

4 months ago

Sending prayers for he was loved very much. I am blessed to have known “Paw-Paw he was a amazingly talented craftsman I will forever cherish the beautiful handmade wooden nativity he made me for Christmas that I still put out every year. He was a funny and kind soul and will be deeply missed by many

Woody and Debbie Brooks
4 months ago

Lynn. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May you feel God’s loving arm’s around you during this time.

Shaun Stauffer
4 months ago

We are thinking and praying for the family. Love Jim and Shaun Stauffer

Brenda Cross
4 months ago

Lynn I am so sorry to hear this. I know he isnt suffering anymore. And to top it off I’m know he is happy again being with Mary Lou. His love of his life what a rejoice that must have been. I’m here if you need anything . I love you guys. God bless and keep you all .