CHILLICOTHE - Homer J. Williams Jr., 61, of Chillicothe passed away on Friday, March 7, 2014, at his home, with his wife by his side.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 12 noon at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe. Pastor Dwight Willett will officiate. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service time at the funeral home. Burial of ashes will be in the Chillicothe City Cemetery following the service.
Homer was born on Dec. 17, 1952, in Peoria. He was the son of Homer J. and Margaret (Sidwell) Williams Sr. He married Michele M. Hicks on May 10, 2003, in Chillicothe.
Homer had a long career in the construction business, first working for his father at Homer Williams & Sons Construction for 30 years, and then for Williams Brothers Construction in Peoria, until he retired in December of 2011. Homer was a member of the Laborers International Local 165 and the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 18.
Homer was very much involved with speaking at AA groups in the Peoria area. He supported those at White Oaks and the Proctor Addiction Recovery Center, as well as forming and chairing his own groups for many years.
He loved being outdoors doing gardening, fishing and other activities. He was a Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. He liked playing basketball and was a lifelong Bradley Braves fan. He was an avid reader. More than anything, Homer loved spending time with his family. He was a very generous and caring husband, father, brother and uncle. He never knew a stranger.
Homer is survived by his wife, Michele; his children, Ethan, Sophie and Connor, all at home, Homer J. (Kassie) Williams of Chillicothe, Jennifer Williams of Peoria, Joshua Williams of Peoria and Sarah Taylor of Denver, Colo.; mother, Margaret of Peoria; his sisters, Deann (John) Ruggles of Bartonville, Crystal Williams of Peoria, and Candy Williams of Bethalto, Ill.; and his brothers, Roger Williams of Peoria, Kevin (Aimee) Williams of Peoria, Kim Williams of Germantown Hills and Kelly (Maureen) Williams of Yates City.
He was preceded in death by his father, Homer J. Williams Sr.
Memorials may be made to his family.
Homer's online memorial website may be viewed at www.hurdfamilyfunerals.com.