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Ronald Verner Williams was born in San Diego, California on October 23, 1935 to Verner and Gladys Williams. He died in his home in Boulder, Colorado on March 16, 2015. Ron graduated from Helix High School in San Diego and spent four years in the Navy before returning to college and becoming a middle school teacher. Ron married Marsha Williams in 1973 in Northern California then moved to Colorado where he and his wife raised their two children. Ron was a lifelong musician with a love for classical and jazz. In the Navy, Ron played piano in a jazz band, and as a teacher he wrote and directed musicals and managed a triple trio in addition to teaching geography, English, and drama. After moving to Estes Park in 1982, Ron continued teaching piano lessons and owned a music store as well as playing dinner piano at the Olympus Lodge and the Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park and at the Walnut Brewery and Boulderado Hotel in Boulder. Ron also had a love of the outdoors and hiking. He was proud to have climbed Mt. McKinley in California more than once and scaled Longs Peak and other Rocky Mountain peaks with his wife and children. A lifelong chess player, Ron taught his children and many other youth to play chess. He coordinated tournaments and coached chess teams throughout his children's chess careers. Ron enjoyed travel, making three trips to Europe, and traveled extensively throughout the U.S. In his retirement Ron greatly loved regular trips to Mexico. Ron is survived by his two children, Julianne Williams of Aurora, and Dan (and Jenna) Williams of Wheat Ridge, his grandchildren Maylea and Lily Williams, his former wife and friend Marsha Williams, and his long-time companion, Carol Kirkpatrick. Contributions in Ron's memory are requested to the LittleKidsRock organization to provide music education and instruments in public schools. www.littlekidsrock.org A Celebration of Ron's life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Howe Mortuary Chapel, Longmont, CO. A reception will immediately follow the services. Please share your thoughts, memories and condolences at www.howemortuary.com
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Published in Longmont Times-Call on Mar. 19, 2015
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