William "Bill" Williams (1920 - 2011)

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William "Bill" Williams, 90, was called forth by God on Sunday, May 22, 2011. William Hobart Williams Jr. was born on Sept. 10, 1920, to Mildred and William Sr. in Nanticoke, Pa.

He graduated from Nanticoke High School. At 18 he started working for F.W.Woolworth and was immediately sent to Trenton, N.J. From there he was transferred throughout the northeastern part of the country by Woolworth, always advancing in rank.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1942, serving on the U.S.S. Conway DD-507 for four years in the Pacific. He was involved in almost every battle fought in the Pacific. He was transferred to Washington, D.C., where he met and married Marjorie Storey of Bozeman.

He was in line for store manager in Wilmington, Del., but developed a health problem and resigned. He then worked with a local appliance dealer until he agreed to try farming with his father-in-law (Wilbur Storey). His boss urged him to try it for a year, but his job would always be open for him.

His first day of work was piling hay bales. If there had been a train stop in Bozeman, he would have headed back to the city. He loved irrigating - being out in the fields alone. He hated breaking bulls to lead.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marjorie; his son, Gary (Sue); grandson, Keith (Shawn), and great-grandchildren, Austin and Ellen.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cyndy.

Bill was active in the coffee klatch at the Korner Kafe, Masons, Shriners, and various church activities. He particularly enjoyed the deacons at First Presbyterian Church and started several services.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at First Presbyterian Church in Bozeman.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Deacon's Fund, P.O Box 1150, Bozeman, MT 59771.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from May 25 to May 26, 2011
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