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Fred Williams…June 27, 1932 – August 21, 2017

 

Funeral Services for Fred Williams were held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, CO with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating. Interment followed in the Holly Cemetery.

Fred Williams was born June 27, 1932, in Brush, CO, the oldest child of Cecil and Irma (Benton) Williams. He passed away on August 21, 2017 in La Junta, CO at the age of 85.

The family lived in Rago, CO, until 1942, when they purchased a farm and moved to Hartman, Colorado. Fred and Lynn were married in Fort Lupton, Colorado on June 21, 1953. Fred received a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Colorado A&M College in Fort Collins in 1954, and was immediately drafted into the Army, where he served until 1956.  Fred and Lynn then returned to Hartman. After the death of his father in 1978, Fred took over the family farm, which he managed until his retirement in 2005.  Fred and Lynn moved to Swink, CO in 2010.

Fred served on the board of the Holly Co-op, was a member of the ASCS Committee and Prowers County Farm Bureau, held many offices with Hartman Lions Club and Granada Water Association, and a was a founding Director of Colorado East Bank & Trust.   At the time of his death, Fred was a proud to be a member of the Swink Lions Club and a member of Holly United Methodist Church.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, younger brother William “Ted” Williams, and granddaughter Kelly Bode.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn, of the home in Swink, children Carol Bode of Flagler, CO; Diane (Tom) Graham of Swink; and Alan (Liz) Williams of Pueblo West, CO; his grandchildren Cassondra (Jeff) Sojourner of Stephenville, TX; Michael Williams of Pueblo, CO; Christopher (Nicole) Bode of San Angelo, TX; Danielle (Chris) Smith of Rocky Ford, CO; and Stephanie (Udobong) Obotette of Centennial, CO. He had three great grandchildren, Benjamin Smith, Lilly Sojourner, and Maggy Sojourner.  He is also survived by nieces Cyndi (Ed) Van de Hoef and Marcie Haber, along with numerous family members and coffee club friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.

For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit www.valleymemorialfc.com.

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