Bryce Billings believed in getting to the heart of the matter and always listening before he spoke, said his son, Tim Billings.
“His values were pretty typical for somebody growing up and spending his life in the heartland,” he said.
Bryce Billings, 88, of Valparaiso, died May 6. He served as Valparaiso mayor from 1968 to 1972 and on the Superior Court from 1976 until he retired in 1988. He also helped found the Boys & Girls Club of Porter County.
Billings earned his law degree from Valparaiso University. He was a World War II Army veteran.
He is survived by Edna Billings, his wife of nearly 50 years.
As a judge, Billings knew his decisions impacted one family at a time, whereas as mayor, his decisions could impact thousands.
He preferred being a judge, his son said, and impacting people one on one.
“He helped numerous people get started in their careers and welcomed businesses into the community through his Rotary service,” he said.
He was extremely proud of his work with the Boys & Girls Club, because he wanted kids to have something to do with idle time.
“As the years went by, it always made him feel good to see the positive impact it had with children in the community,” he said.
Tim Billings said people admired his father’s strong principles and ethical standards.
“He loved and was very proud of the community of Valparaiso that he had the privilege to serve,” he said. “He was a dedicated public servant who did everything within his ability to advance the cause of his hometown community.”