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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Obituary: John Williams

  • John W. Williams, 93, of Geneseo, formerly of DeWitt, Iowa, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at the WoodRidge Supportive Living Facility, where he was a resident. Per his requests, cremation has been accorded and a memorial service celebrating his life was held Thursday, Sept. 13, at the DeWitt United Methodist Church, DeWitt. T...
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  • John W. Williams, 93, of Geneseo, formerly of DeWitt, Iowa, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at the WoodRidge Supportive Living Facility, where he was a resident. Per his requests, cremation has been accorded and a memorial service celebrating his life was held Thursday, Sept. 13, at the DeWitt United Methodist Church, DeWitt. The Rev. Charles Kelsey officiated. Inurnment followed in the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt. A visitation was held prior to services at the church. Memorials may be left to the DeWitt United Methodist Church or the WoodRidge Supportive Living Facility-Activities Fund, Geneseo. Vandemore Funeral Home & Cremation Services assisted the family with the arrangements.
    He was born on July 28, 1919, in Plankinton, S.D., the son of Albert and Leila (Morehead) Williams. He was a 1936 graduate of Pleasant Lake High School in South Dakota. He married Fern E. Kleeman on Feb. 27, 1947, in Davenport, Iowa. He had been employed at the Mann's Jewelry Store, Maquoketa, Iowa, for many years; he then later, with his wife, Fern, owned and operated William's Variety Store in DeWitt until his retirement. He was a member of the DeWitt United Methodist Church for many years and the Iowa Poetry Association. He enjoyed and was a very accomplished poetry writer. He enjoyed fishing, listening to music, playing golf and visiting with family and friends.
    Survivors include his wife, Fern; one daughter and spouse, Nancy and Dave Stover of Geneseo; one son, Roger Williams of Charlottesville, Va.; one brother and spouse, Gerald and Dorothy Williams of Harrisburg, Va.; one sister-in-law, Ramona Kleeman of Davenport and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Jennifer Williams; one brother and one sister.

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