George Albert Williams Born May 26, 1925 in West Liberty, Iowa, passed away on April 27, 2013 at Memorial Hospital, Santa Rosa, California. He was preceded in death by his parents, his step father, brother, sister, son Michael Freitas and sister-in-law Angie Ranweiler. He is survived by his wife Carmen Williams, son Richard Williams and family, son Jerry Freitas and family, and in-laws Bob & Mary White and many, many friends. He worked over 30 years for the Northern California Log Scaling and grading bureau until his retirement in May 1987. George entered the Navy V-12 program right out of high school. He graduated as an Ensign in the USNR. He served in the amphibious forces the Pacific. He worked for the Union Oil Company as an overseas contractor on Guam. Then he worked for PGE which brought him to Humboldt County in 1951. He has had many adventures in his life. When he was 10 years old, he rode the train from West Liberty, Iowa to Blue Canyon, California all by himself. He had two $1.00 bills pinned to his pocket to give to the porters for a tip. He left Iowa with a box of groceries, which he ate for 3 days, and still had food left when he arrived in California. George met the love of his life Carmen, in 1960 and married in 1961. They had a ready-made family of three boy; Jerry, Mike and Rick. They made their home in Rio Dell, then moved to Fortuna in 1964, where George resided until his passing. George was a cancer survivor and a heart patient. He had two heart attacks in 1982, 1986 and then had a five-way bypass in 1987. He was diagnosed with bladder and prostrate cancer in 1998. George walked through his illness with grace and dignity. George enjoyed his daily contract with his many friends on his computer. He always had words of encouragement for his friends. I will miss you deeply. My life will not be the same without you, but know that I will carry you in my heart forever. Your loving wife Carmen. My friend George, I thank you again for giving me life, for helping me become the lady that I am today, for being the example that we all needed in our lives, for showing us how to be strong and gentle at the same time. You were always generous with your time and knowledge. Thank you for showing us how to be honest, open minded and willing. You made the most out of life by living one day at a time. You will be missed our friend. We shall see you again my friend. Until then we shall carry you in our hearts. Love Susie, friends and family. A Celebration of George's life will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Goble's Fortuna Mortuary, Fortuna, Ca. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com, click on obits.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from May 4 to May 5, 2013