Richard L. Williams

September 05, 1931 ‒ March 27, 2011

Richard L. Williams, 79, of Galion, died Sunday, Mar. 27, 2011 at Magnolia Terrace in Galion, after declining health.

Born Sept. 5, 1931 in Morgantown, W. Va., he was the son of the late Jenkin Lewis Williams and Mary Evelyn Lavely Williams. He was preceded in death on July 20, 2008 by his wife, Ellen L. Briese Williams whom he married on June 19, 1954.

He was a graduate of Morgantown, W. Va. High School and West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Business Administration.

Rich was full of ideas and loved to sing, play golf and serve his community. He served in the United States Air Force as a First Lieutenant from 1953 to 1955, post Korean war. He was proud to be involved in the planning and design of Galion�s Heise Park Veteran�s Memorial and Monument.

A dedicated member of First Presbyterian Church in Galion he served as a Deacon, an Elder, was Clerk of Session, chairman of the building committee, was on pastoral search committees, was chairman of the long range planning committee and sang in the choir. He was a member of preparation for ministers and planning review and evaluation committees of the Maumee Valley Presbytery and served as a delegate to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America.

Additionally, he was a member of the North Electric and ITT Management Club, was a member and past president of Marion Management Club and member of Marion Toastmasters Club. He volunteered for Crawford County Council on Aging delivering Meals on Wheels, belonged to the Valley View Golf Club, sang in the Galion Community Chorus Messiah and was a member of Galion Elks Lodge 1191 and Galion Lions Club.

He was a member and past Master of Galion Masonic Lodge 414 Free and Accepted Masons, was a past High Priest of Galion Chapter 142 Royal Arch Masons, was a member and past president of the Galion Shrine Club and Scottish Rite Club, was a 32nd Degree Member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus, member of Aladdin Temple Shrine in Columbus, member of Royal and Select Masons Grand Council and Mansfield Commandry Knights Templar.

Rich was employed by J.C. Penney Company and Eaton Corporation in Marion and then worked as a purchasing agent for the former North Electric and ITT Power Systems in Galion from where he retired.

A supportive and loving husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his three children and their spouses, Mark and Carolee Williams and their children, Paul and Brian of Springfield, Beth Ann and Dave Decker and their son, Greg of Galion and Tom and Jan Williams and their children, Kelley, Tommy and Katy of Westerville; one brother and sister-in-law, David and Helen Williams of Winchester, Mass. and one niece, Patricia Williams of Boston.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011 at Richardson-Davis Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Apr. 1, 2011 at First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Julie Fogle officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 240 S. Market St. Galion, Ohio 44833.