Richard Donald "Dick" Williams, 82, of Amherst, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at New Life Hospice Center in Lorain from complications due to Parkinson's disease.
He was born Oct. 14, 1930, in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Dick graduated from Freeport High School in the class of 1948. He later attended Wright State University in Dayton.
He served in the U.S. Navy as a radio operator aboard the USS Hyades during the Korean Conflict.
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, Ariz., where he worked for McGraw-Edison. He later became a retail manager for Arizona Health Foods before retiring in 1998.
Dick resided in Arizona for 23 years before returning to Amherst, where he had made his home for the last 10.
His love of music was always present. As a youngster, he sang in the St. Paul 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 in 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 the 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 37 years, Zelah; daughter, Laura Mulholland and son, Tom Williams, both of Coca Beach, Fla.; step-daughters Shelley (Greg) White of Vermilion, Gina Markos of Lakewood, Kitty Tiberi of Peyton, Colo.; step-son, Frank Tiberi of San Francisco, Calif.; grandchildren Brooke (Dave) Koopman, Taylor Tiberi- Clawson, Shiela Mulholland, Liam Markos, Sean White, and Dustin (Sarah)White; sister, Joy Burke of Lake Placid, Fla.; 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).
Closing prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31 at Hempel Funeral Home, Amherst.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 200 St. Joseph Dr., with the Rev. Fr. Bill Padavick officiating. 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 Dr., Amherst, OH 44001; or New Life Hospice, 3500 Kolbe Rd., Lorain, OH 44052.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
Hempel Funeral Home - Amherst
373 Cleveland Avenue Amherst, OH 44001
Published in The Amherst News-Times on Jan. 31, 2013