Kenneth R. Williams (1951 - 2012)

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OELWEIN – Kenneth R. Williams, 60, of Oelwein, Iowa died on Thursday morning, April 12, 2012 at his home in Oelwein. A funeral service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 16 at the at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein. Officiating will be Rev. Ginny Bass, Chaplain for Cedar Valley Hospice. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home and after 9:30 a.m. on Monday. Interment will be at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery in rural Oelwein.
A Memorial Fund has been established in his name. An online obituary is at
Kenneth Ray Williams was born on Dec. 10, 1951 in West Union, the son of Hubert and Dorothy (Yauslin) Williams. He graduated from Oelwein Community High School in Oelwein in 1970. Kenny worked for many years as a foreman for heavy equipment companies. He married Joan Parker on July 22, 1978 at the Little Brown Church at Nashua. Kenny enjoyed to be outdoors and really enjoyed the Friday night car shows and his 1969 Chevy Nova SS. He also loved the casino and scratch tickets. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and he really enjoyed early morning coffee with his Mom.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Joan Williams of Oelwein; four daughters: Shelly (Rob) Amen of Oelwein, Sheila (fiancé-Joe Morris) Williams of Palo, Teresa (Brian) Putchio of Dubuque, and Liz (Kendall) Miller of Hazleton; one son, Chad Williams of Tennessee; Five grandchildren: Kennen, Kaylee, Jessica, Kayleigh and Corben; his mother, Dorothy Williams of Oelwein; three brothers: Rockie (Jennifer) Williams of Oelwein; Gary (Mary) Williams of Cedar Rapids, and Bill (Andrea) Williams of Oelwein; four sisters: Marlys (Dennis) Moore of Fairbank, Kathy (Bob) Decker of Winthrop, Nancy (Dennis) Sweerin of Harpers Ferry and Pam (Jeff) Bell of Oelwein.
He was preceded in death by his father, Hubert Milton Williams; a son, Keith Allen Williams; a sister, Sharon Kay Parker and grandparents, Byron John and Ruby M. "Hader" Yauslin and Guy and Malvina "Sampson" Williams.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Apr. 13 to May 5, 2012