Father: John Joseph Lyness (1861-1951)
Mother: Alma Carrie McDermond (1865-1948)Born December 13, 1888, at Walnut, Crawford County, Kansas.
Died December 24, 1988, at Lincoln, Nebraska.
Spouse: Edna Irene Rawlings (1895-1986)
Married May 26, 1920, at Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.
Willard was superintendent of the agronomy farm at the University of Nebraska.