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Earl Roy Williams


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Earl Roy Williams Obituary
Earl Roy Williams was born in Cassville, MO, on February 27, 1934, to Rudolf and Francis Williams, and he peacefully passed away on November 20, 2015, at the age of 81. Shortly after Earl's birth, his parents moved him and his siblings Durley and Marcia to Kansas, where his siblings Joyce, Buddy, and Elnora were later born. Earl's father started a family business as a tree surgeon, which Earl worked before joining the army in 1954. He enlisted as an infantryman and served until 1958, at which time he was honorably discharged. On June 17th, 1951, he married Joella Dean Harvey at the First Baptist Church in Sedan Kansas.

Earl was a man of many talents, reflected in his multiple careers; including carpenter, farmer, truck driver, journeyman electrician, gas station owner, and auctioneer. He finally settled in as a maintenance manager, first at Yarbrough, OK, and later in Moscow, KS, until his retirement in 1985.  He then moved to Cunningham, KS, where he and Joella purchased the Knotty Pine and Elmdale motels. In 2006 Earl and Joella moved to Akron, CO, to be near their daughter Earleen, and enjoy their grandchildren during the golden years of retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents Rudolph and Frances Williams, sister Marcia Miller, daughter Roxanne Williams, and grandson Collin Jeffrey (CJ) Williams. He is survived by his spouse of 64 years, Joella Williams, and his 4 children; Roy Dean Williams with daughters Kris, Janice, Rachel, Bobbi Jo, and Memrie; Gerald Lee and Barb Williams with children Mandy, Gerald Lee II, and Becky; Joella Earleen and Victor Friedly with children Sylvia, Kathy, Garrack, and Bryce; Lon Earl and Bobbi Williams with children Delaney and Emma; 17 great-grandchildren, and multiple nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Akron. Memorial donations may be made to Akron VFW or to the American Legion.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Nov. 25, 2015
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