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Richard Donald "Dick" Williams


1930 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Richard Donald "Dick" Williams Obituary
Richard Donald "Dick" Williams
AMHERST - Richard Donald "Dick" Williams, 82 years of age, and a resident of Amherst, passed away Monday, January 28, 2013 at New Life Hospice Center in Lorain from complications due to Parkinson's disease.
He was born October 14, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York. Dick graduated from Freeport High School in the class of 1948. He later attended Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
He served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Hyades during the Korean Conflict as a radio operator. Dick was employed as a marketing manager in the heating and air conditioning industry in several cities. In Elyria he worked for Smith-Jones Company. In 1979 he and his wife Zelah (nee: Mills) moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he worked for McGraw-Edison. He later became a retail manager for Arizona Health Foods before retiring in 1998. They resided in Arizona for twenty-three years before returning to Amherst where he had made his home for the last ten years.
Dick's love of music was always present in his life. As a youngster he sang in the St. Paul's Boys Choir in New York City. In high school he performed in musicals. He continued singing in church choirs and was a member of the Amherst Community Chorus for the last nine years.
He was a loyal member of the BPOE Lodge #335 on Phoenix. He served tirelessly in all of the offices and as Exalted Ruler in 1993-1994. In Elyria, he was a member of the BPOE Lodge #465 and acted as CO-coach of their Ritual team. Dick was named Elk of the year in 2012.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amherst where he belonged to the Vincentions and Catholic Golden Agers. He also was a member of the Oberlin AARP, Friends of Amherst Library, 31 Card Club, Amherst Historical Society and the Parkinson's Support Group.
Dick was a man who loved having his family around.
Survivors include his wife of thirty-seven years, Zelah; his daughter Laura Mulholland; son Tom Williams both of Coca Beach, FL; step-daughters Shelley (Greg) White of Vermilion; Gina Markos of Lakewood; Kitty Tiberi of Peyton, CO; step-son Frank Tiberi of San Francisco, CA; granddaughters Brooke (Dave) Koopman, Taylor Tiberi- Clawson, Shiela Mulholland, grandsons Liam Markos, Sean White, Dustin (Sarah)White; sister Joy Burke of Lake Placid, FL; brother Paul Marsala, Jr. of New Jersey and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Paul, Sr. and Kay Marsala. (nee: Nuzo).
Friends may call Wednesday, January 30, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Hempel Funeral Home; 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Closing Prayers will be held at Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. from the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a .m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church; 200 St. Joseph Drive, Amherst. The Rev. Fr. Bill Padavick, will officiate. Full Military Honors will be performed by the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Vicentions of St. Joseph Catholic Church; 200 St. Joseph Drive, Amherst, OH 44001 or New Life Hospice; 3500 Kolbe Road, Lorain, OH 44052.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning Journal on Jan. 29, 2013
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