ROCKFORD – Charles A. "Chic" Williams, 67, of Geneva and Rockford, passed away Monday April 22, 2013, at his home in Rockford surrounded by his family.|
He was born Aug. 31, 1945, in Beatrice, Neb., the son of Robert and Alvalah (Lambertsen) Williams.
Chic received his bachelor's degree in teaching from Peru State College and later his master's in administrative education from Northern Illinois University. He began teaching at Geneva High School in 1969 and became a strong influence and guide for his students. Besides teaching English, Chic coached the debate team, directed a number of plays and coached the varsity baseball team.
He eventually moved into the position of Dean of Students at Geneva High School. Chic established and ran the Community Intervention Program for Geneva and Kane County, working with at-risk children. He became a certified alcohol/drug counselor and eventually founded his own consulting firm working with at-risk children and their families. Chic also enjoyed golfing, fishing, horseback riding and bowling. His greatest joy, however, was his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother and will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.
Chic is survived by his wife of 25 years, Linda (Kelly); children, Catherine (Daniel) Cowart of St. Charles, Thomas (Jennifer) of Minnesota, Patricia (Paul) Madsen of Belvidere, Major Daniel (Mary) Williams of New Orleans and Ryan of Geneva; grandchildren, Spencer, Logan and Trevor Cowart, Carly, Colin, Abigail and Alvalah Williams, Amanda and Logan Madsen and Charles "Charlie" and Jack Williams; brother, Robert (Janelle) of Mississippi; mother-in-law Mildred Kelly of Elgin; sisters-in-law Sandra Williams of Virginia, Debby, Lisa and Mary Kelly all of Elgin; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary, who passed away in 1982; parents; and brother, Lt. Col. John Williams.
A funeral memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. (Route 38) in Geneva with the Reverend Allen Eaton officiating.
Burial will be held privately.
A visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until the time of the service Friday, April 26, at the funeral home.
Memorials in lieu of flowers to Rosecrance, 1021 North Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61107, or the Charles A. Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Geneva High School, 227 North Fourth St., Geneva IL 60134, will be appreciated.
For information, call 630-232-8233 or visit www.malonefh.com.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on Apr. 24, 2013