Derry's Story

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Derry Lindy Williams, age 89, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, July 14, 2017. Derry was born on March 23, 1928 in Alanson.
He was a Boy Scout as a boy and earned his Eagle Scout. Derry enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 11, 1946 and was honorably discharged in 1947.
In 1950 he began working at Cone Drive Gear until his retirement 38 years later. He also attended the University of Michigan extension program, where he studied real estate for three years.
In 1947 Derry met his first wife, Agnes Pierson, in Mt. Pleasant. They were married in 1949 at the Methodist Church in Clare. Together they had four children. Derry and Agnes were married for 17 years.
Derry then met Margaret Hekel at Tom's Food Market in Traverse City. They were married on April 15, 1971 in Manistee. Margaret passed away in June of 2002. She had two sons.
On May 13, 2006 Derry met Cheryl at the Traverse City Senior Center. They were married on Feb. 8, 2007. Together they enjoyed dancing and spending their winters in Florida. Cheryl loved to cook for Derry, but he also enjoyed his favorite restaurants, Ponderosa and Golden Corral.
Derry was a lifetime member of the American Legion. He enjoyed making his rounds to all of his American Legion buddies in the long term facilities. He also enjoyed spending time at the cabin, where he found peace.
More than anything, he loved his family. Derry was known for two remarks, "You damn kids," and "What a good day in the neighborhood."
Derry is survived by his wife, Cheryl Williams; children, Derrilyn (Steve) Robertson, Greg (Donna) Williams and Mark (Nancy) Williams; daughter-in-law, Julie Williams; stepsons, Greg and Peter Hekel; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many other loving family members.
Besides his parents, Derry was preceded in death by his son, Stewart Williams.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, July 19, 2017, from 10 to 11 a.m., at Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St., Traverse City. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m., also at the church. Derry will be laid to rest next to his second wife, Margaret, at Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Derry's name may be directed to the family.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.
Published on July 16, 2017
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