Jacob Raymond Williams, Jr.

October 28, 1940 ‒ April 16, 2019

Johnsville, Ohio

Jacob Raymond Williams, Jr., age 78, passed away following a sudden illness Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at his Morrow County home.

He was born October 28, 1940 in Ashley to parents Jacob Raymond Williams, Sr. and Hazel Louise (Hinchee) Williams. He graduated with the Johnsville High School class of 1958 where a beautiful young lady named Carolyn Love caught his eye and the pair married on June 12, 1960.

Jake was a farmer and took pride in keeping his rows straight, getting his crops in on time, and raising 50 head of cattle at a time. He was once the recipient of the Conservation Farmer of the Year award. Jake enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the peace of being outside among nature. He was the first person to help out a neighbor and cut lots of wood, picked a lot of berries, and surprised his wife with freshly picked flowers every chance he could. His friends and family will remember him as a jokester who loved to tease, and an avid supporter of Northmor High School athletics.

Jake was a member of Williamsport United Methodist Church where he was a former trustee and a lifelong member of their men’s softball league where he was the pitcher.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Carolyn Williams of Morrow County; children Cheryl (Chris) Howe of Cuba, Renee Draper of Wadsworth, and Rob (Jodi) Williams of Mansfield; grandchildren Cody Howe, Carrie (Dustin) Black, Jake (Ashley) Howe, Holly Draper, and Brooke Draper (fiancé Mason Willeke); great-grandchildren C.J. Howe, Celyssa Howe, Cyrus Black, and Gabriel Howe; sisters Ruth (Dale) Baker and Margaret (Herb) Litt; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Jake was preceded in death by great-granddaughter Kaylee Jade Howe.

His family will receive friends 9am to 12 noon Saturday, April 20, 2019 in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Homes (81 Mill Road) where a memorial service honoring his life will begin at 12 noon officiated by his nephew Pastor Clint Zeigler. Contributions may be made to: CancerFree KIDS (420 W. Loveland Avenue, Loveland, OH 45140 or online at cancerfreekids.org) or Northmor Athletic Boosters (5247 County Road 29 Galion, OH 44833). His final resting place will be on his farm. Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Jake’s family and encourage you to share a memory with them—and watch his tribute video—at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Carolyn

    So sorry to hear about dear sweet Jake. You two were always so sweet together. I will cherish the memories of family times together and watching softball games as a kid. Sending love and prayers.

    Love ,

  • Carolyn and family,
    So sorry for your loss, still so hard to believe. Jake was one of the good guys, I’m sure he’s telling a joke in heaven now to my dad and others. We will miss him and our chats at Northmor sporting events. You are all in ours thought and prayers.

    Ed and Carol (Whitney) Sickmiller and family

  • Carolyn and family,
    We are so very sorry to hear about Jake’s passing. I will always remember him at United Methodist Church and the kisses that he gave me at the basketball games! Always happy and smiling!Will be thinking of you and praying for your family. God bless you. Love to all.
    Chad and Lorri

  • Carolyn and Family:
    Please accept our sincere sympathies in this time.
    I always enjoyed those fall Saturday afternoons of cutting wood with Jake.

    Tom & Linda Cahill

  • You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold you close and give you comfort. Jake has always meant alot to me! He was always so supportive of Northmor sports and music events his girls Renee and Cheryl were in and myself as well. My youngest son is named Jake and I thought of Jake as I named him. I remember the times Renee and I used his snowmobiles and he winked and told us to use our brains when riding. We tried but it wasn’t as fun when we didn’t! I will always have good memories of him!
    Dave and Brenda (Huvler) Thompson family

  • Carolyn, Cheryl, Renee & Rob – I am so saddened hearing of Jake’s sudden death. I remember spending lots of time on the farm growing up with Renee, who was my best friend!! He was always so kind and had the sweetest smile that just warmed your heart. This part of life sucks so bad – for us – not for those who go before us and who truly knew the Lord. We can rest assured in God’s promise that we will see them again in Heaven. God bless each of you as you face the days, weeks & months ahead. You are all in my thoughts & prayers. Love you all! RIH JAKE…

  • Dear Carolyn, Cheryl, Renee and Rob: our deepest condolences to you all and families at the loss of old and kind friend Jake. We were so privileged all those many years ago to have you welcome us to your neighborhood after Jake casually mentioned to Art that he had a house site he would sell us if we liked it. And then Jake so graciously helped Art clear the land. We enjoyed every one of the 35 years there! We still have warm memories of good neighbors and good times. Until we see you, take some small comfort in all of us sending all of you our love and prayers. Our children also especially asked us to give you their condolences. Art and Judy Bach.

  • You are all in our thoughts and prayers. I am saddened to hear of Jake’s passing. There will be an empty spot in our hearts and in our stands. I know I can speak for my girls and say they always looked forward to seeing Jake at their events. His support did not go unnoticed and we will miss him dearly. My husband and I always enjoyed chatting with him and getting to know him. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

    ❤️The Swihart’s

  • We send our sympathy. Jake was always such a kind man, and will be missed by so many.

  • Carolyn, Cheryl, Renee and Rob,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. As a 15 year old boy, Jake took me under his wing and taught me the value of hard work. I thought I already knew what hard work was until I spent time with Jake… come to find out I really had no idea. Jake always pushed himself harder than any man around him. He took pride in doing a job well and he laughed the whole time he was doing it! For a couple years when Rob joined the Marines, it seemed I did everything with him. Fishing, hunting, baling hay and straw, tending cattle, grinding feed, cutting wood, trapping fox and coon…some of my very best memories as a teenager were with Jake. I loved having dinner with Carolyn and Jake after a hard morning of work (Jake corrected me every time I called it lunch!) Jake was the first man to ever invite me to Church. Jake changed my life for the better and helped make me the man I am today.
    – Steve Nolen

  • Our deepest condolences to Carolyn and family. Jake will be missed by all of us. Will always remember Jake as one of the greatest church softball pitchers there was. He was also a great and caring farmer and we enjoyed working with him over the years. We will miss his teasing and his wonderful laugh.

  • Cheryl,

    I’m so sorry for your lose and my condolences to you and your family. My prayers are with you throughout this very difficult time.

  • So sorry to hear of Jake’s passing! He was definitely one of my favourites in Johnsville area! May God comfort and keep you at this s difficult time.

  • So sorry to hear about Jake’s passing. He was a good neighbor and friend to our family. I still remember how thankful I was to see him after the blizzard of ’78. He showed up with a big tractor and snow blower and had our driveway cleaned out in no time. Our love and prayers for the family. I know Jake will be missed tremendously.

  • Roger and daughter April,
    We send sympathy to Carolyn and family.Jake was a good man I always liked talking to him here his story’s. I remember in 1992 when I built my house he stopped on and took a look and asked me why I built one with so many stairs, I said I like a bilevel .
    No at 67 and arthritis in my knees I understand. Jake have fun on heaven.
    Roger S.

  • I was always so fond of Jake. He was just a really good man and a joy to be around..always laughing and joking. He will be greatly missed and I pray for the Lord to wrap his loving arms around Carolyn and the kids and the whole family to comfort them.

  • Dear Carolyn,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I will always remember the Pearce Family Reunions that you and Jake hosted at your home. We always looked forward to those and had a wonderful time.

    -Joe Pearce and family

  • So sorry for your loss. Jake was a good man that helped others or when they needed it. He helped us out during the blizzard. We will keep you in our prayers during this time.

  • So sorry for your loss. Jake was a good man that helped others out when they needed it. He helped us out during the blizzard. We will keep you in our prayers during this time.

  • Rob,Jodi and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept our condolences.

  • How very much aware I am …all day today …of the service of rememerance for Jake. What an amazing friend and neighbor he was to me. We moved to an adjoining farm when I was a 5th grader and Jake was in 7th. How graciously he and his whole family welcomed my family and me. He was my mentor in woods exploration, bird watching, diagnosing streams, pest hunts, frogging, and especially …..FISHING….in the Williams farm pond. What an amazing adventure it was!
    But it was years later that I was able to share that love for fishing with the children who came to Camp Buckeye. And here I must declare that in this way, Jake’s legacy lives on. Most of the children who came to camp had never fished before in their lives. To see the amazing joy expressed on their faces or hear their shouts of exuberance after their first cast or reeling one in brought joy beyond compare. And it keeps happening every summer. As that happened, I thought of Jake, and the incredible joy, I experienced as a kid, in a new community, with a new friend, loving nature.
    Praying for God’s special comfort for you, Carolyn, and family.

  • Dear Carolyn & family,
    So sorry for your loss. I knew you & Jake in your younger years at Johnsville and always knew Jake to be an avid farmer and friend to all who knew him. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you always.

    Judy (Rogers) DeIuliis
    Mt. Vernon

  • Carolyn and family,
    We are thinking of you during this time of loss.
    May the Lord give you peace as you move into this season of change.
    Tom and Diane Kruger