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Williams, George Myron

George Myron Williams, 92, Green Bay, died Thursday morning, Feb. 20, 2014, at Wyndemere Estate. He was born June 13, 1921, to the late Morgan and Leone (Manthey) Williams in Necedah, Wis.

George attended grade school and high school in Necedah. In high school he was a member of the baseball and basketball teams. He was also a member of the track team and captain of the football team. He graduated in 1939.

In 1940, George began work at Nekoosa Papers "starting at the bottom of the heap." Within nine years he became Safety Director in the personnel department. In 1945, he joined the National Safety Council and remained a member until his retirement in 1985.

George married Hazel Glebke of Wisconsin Rapids on June 21, 1947, in Milwaukee. In 1949, he moved his family to Wausau, where he was employed by Employers' Mutual Insurance Company. He was promoted to Safety Engineer the following year. He was transferred to Green Bay, where he worked for the Employers Mutual Casualty Company. George became a member of the Chamber of Commerce Safety Division-Green Bay Association and served as its president from 1950-1960. He was also a member of the National Safety Council-Industrial Division.

In 1968, George was promoted to Regional Manager of Safety Consultants and moved back to Wausau. There he served on many committees including the Chamber of Commerce Home Safety Committee, serving as the chairman from 1970-1972, the Marathon County Safety Council, the National Pulp and Paper Safety Committee, and the Southern Pulp and Paper Safety Committee, where he served on the Board of Directors from 1976-1982.

George received the title of Certified Safety Professional in 1974 after passing rigorous written exams. The National Safety Council honored George with its "Outstanding Member" award in 1985.

George was actively involved with community affairs. He also took great pride in his work with the Boy Scouts. He was a scout master early in his career and later served on the Board of Directors and as assistant treasurer of the Samoset Council. In 1985, the Samoset Council became a "Quality Council," the only council in the northeast division, which encompasses 12 states, to win this award. In 1991 George was on the finance committee that established an overnight camp for Cub Scouts. At the time there were only four other camps like this in the United States. George said, "Nothing personifies American values or helps shape the destinies of youth like scouting."

George was outgoing and loved to be with people. He loved to laugh and tell jokes. He enjoyed the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Hazel, Green Bay; a daughter, Karen Saari (Curt), Green Bay; a son, Paul B. Williams (Cheryl), Grafton, Wis.; two grandsons, Brett Saari (fiancee', Jess Biddle), Green Bay; and Alec Williams, Grafton.

He is preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Jean and George Winker, and his brother, Cletus.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Lyndahl Funeral Home, 1350 Lombardi Avenue. Visitation will continue on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Lyndahl Funeral Home from 2 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Earl Vorpagel III officiating. Burial will be at Fort Howard Memorial Park. Online condolences may be expressed at www.lyndahl.com.

A memorial fund has been established in George's name.

The family extends a special thank you to the staff at Wyndemere Estate for their loving and exceptional care. A thank you also to the staffs of St. Vincent Hospital and Unity Hospice for their concern and care.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Feb. 21 to Feb. 24, 2014
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