William "Bill" Williams
William E. Williams, 76, passed away Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at his home in Grand Junction. Bill was born to Charles and Barbara Williams in Grand Valley, and graduated from Grand Valley High School in 1948. He married Beatrice Mikkelson, of Rifle, on June 5, 1948, and the couple moved to Southern California, where they lived for 41 years before returning home to western Colorado. Bill served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He achieved the rank of sergeant while stationed in Japan. He was a master diesel mechanic by trade for 35 years in California. He was also a master automotive mechanic and enjoyed working on cars as his hobby. His garage was a haven to friends, family and neighbors with automotive troubles. He often commented about how lucky he was to have made his living doing what he loved. Bill was a 32nd Degree Mason and belonged to Mesa Lodge #55 in Grand Junction. He is survived by his wife of 57 years; son Bob Williams, of Grand Junction; daughter Barbara Craig) Leitch, of Foothill Ranch, Calif.; grandchildren Sergeant Robert (Sally) Williams, of the United States Marine Corps, Nicole and Danielle Williams, of Bellflower, Calif., and Corey Leitch, of Foothill Ranch; great-grandchild Jaden Nachtrieb, of Grand Junction; brother Charles Williams, of Long Beach, Calif.; and sisters Alena Douglas, of Parachute, and Irene Payton, of DeBeque. There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary Chapel, with a Masonic Service conducted by Masonic Lodge #55. Military rites will be provided by the Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
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