John Wesley Williams

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(Asbury Park Press)

John Wesley Williams, 89, of Sea Girt, died peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, surrounded by his family. He was born June 12, 1920 in McPherson, Kansas to Maitland and Dale Williams. John was raised by his grandparents, Etta and Grant Williams. He was a graduate of McPherson High School, Denver University and The Roosevelt School of Aviation. He proudly served his country in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he began a long and storied career as a pilot with United Airlines. John flew the first transcontinental Jet flight from New York to Los Angeles. He continued to fly and ride his Harley Davidson motorcycles well into his eighties, in addition to playing saxophone in several dance bands. His was a long life filled with great adventure and deeply felt love for his family and friends. He will be missed by each of them.
John was predeceased by his wife, Elenor Bruce Williams; and his dear aunts, Vea Dillman and Pearle Williams. He is survived by his loving children, daughter, Leslie Ehret and her husband Martin, daughter, Melissa Mannion and her husband Michael and son, John Wesley Williams II. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Lindsey Thomas and her husband Andrew, Whitney Ehret, and Connor and Brendan Mannion; and a great-grandchild, Leah Ann Thomas.
The family will be greeting friends and relatives from 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25 until the memorial service at 11:30 a.m. at the Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South St., Manasquan. In lieu of flowers, donations to Meals on Wheels, Interfaith Neighbors Inc., 810 4th Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712. To post a tribute, please visit

Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 22, 2010
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