John Grandpa John Billings, 78, Brookings, died May 17, 2001, in Eureka, Calif.

He was born Aug. 5, 1922, in Memphis, Tenn.

He served in World War II in Normandy, Ardennes and Northern France. he was awarded three bronze stars.

Mr. Billings loved to fish and attend family gatherings.

Survivors include seven children, two sisters, 23 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were three brothers.

Family and friends are invited to attend his memorial service May 23 at 2 p.m. at Pauls Chapel in Arcata, Calif.

Visitation will precede the service from noon until 2 p.m.

Interment will be at Ocean View Cemetery.