Willman, 64, who served 30 years in the Navy and then became a teacher and active in civic affairs in Alexandria, died of cancer Tuesday at Bethesda Naval Medical Center.
Born in Peotone, Ill., he graduated from Annapolis in 1936. Before World War II, he saw duty on the battleship U.S.S. Maryland and various other ships.
During the war, Capt. Willman served in the Pacific where he participated in the Battle of Midway. He was aboard the cruiser U.S.S. Astoria when she was lost in the Battle of Savo Island in October, 1942. He was severely wounded and rescued at sea. He received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
After the war, Capt. Willman had various assignments in Washington, commanded the destroyer U.S.S. Miles E. Fox, the destroyer tender U.S.S. Yosemite, Destroyer Division 601 and Destroyer Squadron 20.
At the time of his retirement in 1966, he was executive officer of the operations directorate, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Capt. Willman then earned a master's degree in education from George Washington University and taught mathematics at Fort Hunt High School in Fairfax County. He retired in 1976.
A resident of Old Town, Alexandria, Capt, Willman was a founding member of the Alexandria Historical Assocation. He was vice president of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, Alexandria Athenaeum.
He was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church and had served for several years as its treasurer. He also was the first president of Episcopal Regional Council No. 4 for the Diocese of Virginia.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Monroe Tyree Willman, of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Robert Norman, of Arlington, and Mrs. John Christman, of Virginia Beach; a son, Alexander Jerome, of State College, Pa.; a brother, Robert J., of Venice, Fla., and two grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Washington Cathedral Building Fund.