John M. Williams

April 29, 1924 ‒ August 10, 2014

Mount Vernon, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

John M. Williams, age 90, of Mount Vernon, and formerly of Mount Gilead and Columbus, died peacefully early Sunday morning, August 10, 2014, at the Laurels of Mount Vernon following an extended illness.

On April 29, 1924, John was born in Columbus, Ohio, one of three children of the late Robert and Wiloheomina (Marquardt) Williams. He graduated from North High School in Columbus.

A veteran of World War II, John served his country in the U.S. Army overseas in the European Theater as a communications specialist, because of his ability to read Morse code.

Upon his honorable discharge, John returned to Columbus where he worked as an aircraft inspector for the Curtiss-Wright Corporation in Columbus for over 30 years, which later became Rockwell International, where he retired from in 1988.

Getting a second chance at love, John married Judi (Lako) Tumeo Williams on July 12, 1986, and they cherished their 28 years together. After he retired they enjoyed living in several new areas, such as Fulton, Mount Gilead, Howard, and Mount Vernon.

Traveling partners, every Sunday John and Judi would open the map and pick a place to drive to. Once they arrived they would enjoy a nice dinner together, before coming back home.

Having a green thumb, John “loved to play in the dirt,” planting a large vegetable garden every year.

An avid sports fan, the Ohio State Buckeye football team was John’s “main squeeze.” He also enjoyed bowling in his younger days.

Always having a trick up his sleeve, John enjoyed transforming into a magician whenever he was with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He will be missed by his beloved wife, Judi Williams of Mount Vernon; two children: Sharon Williams of Florida, and Bob (Brenda) Williams of Columbus; two step-children: Venita (Tim) Meechan of Dover, and Victor Tumeo of Ashley; 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, John was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Robert (Marjorie) Williams; and his sister and brother-in-law, Helen (Art) Stabler.

His family will greet friends from 5 – 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20th, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services celebrating his life will follow there at 6:00 p.m. with Hospice Chaplain Irene Scaramazza officiating. Military honors provided by VFW Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will also be observed following his service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, OH 43050 and St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead is honored to have been chosen to serve John’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • God Bless/RIP,to ALL who served in WWII. Thank YOU for your service in the European Theatre , John…………………………….. And Semper Fi

  • Hail and farewell to a fun-loving uncle. Mom & Dad always had a laugh recalling the nuts you put under the hubcaps of the moving truck and they thought something was broken-a terrible thought for the move to Calif. Keep the antics coming up there.