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Dr. Bradley J. Willis

July 19, 1978 ~ January 25, 2021 (age 42)

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Bradley J. Willis, M.D., M.P.H. 

Dr. Bradley “BJ” Willis passed away at 12:41pm on January 25, 2021 at his home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa after fighting Covid-19 with complications for the past 4-5 months.

He was born July 19, 1978 to Scott and Peg (Perkins) Willis and his older brother Clifton.  Home was in the “country” of Petersburg/Pike County where he was raised.

Upon graduating from Pike Central in 1996, he entered college and received his first degree in psychology, then became a counselor, social worker, and behavioral analyst.  Soon after, he entered medical school where he graduated as a family practice physician with also a Masters in Public Health Medicine and soon thereafter Hyperbaric Medicine with wound care.  He completed his residency at Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation through the University of Iowa.  Following graduation, he accepted a faculty position to educate further medical students and resident doctors.

BJ was a kind, gentle soul providing holistic medicine to assure that he did his best to meet his patient’s needs.  He was able to “take the hand” of any person to let them know that he cared when treating all ages.  This also was how he taught his students, plus demonstrated the love he had for his co-workers who he called his family.

Survivors include his brother, Clifton Willis, nephew Caden Willis, niece Elizabeth Willis, and his mother Peg (Perkins) Willis.  He was also blessed and surrounded by his aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends that he called his family.

He is preceded in death by his father Scott Willis and grandparents Charlie Perkins, Martha Perkins Byrd, Oscar Byrd, Hugh and Lucile Willis, and aunts Sherri Willis and Connie Davis Sturgeon.

Services will be private.  The family requests no floral arrangements be sent.  OD Harris and Sons Funeral Home is entrusted with his excellent care. 

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