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Leon Williams, age 92, joyfully put his hand in the Man from Galilee on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Leon was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, on May 6, 1924 to parents, Elmer and Mae (Martz) Williams.
Leon was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Jean; and sister, Alice Kaledo.
Leon is survived by his daughter, Janice Williams; two sons, Jeffery (Donna) Williams and Kirk Williams; two grandchildren, Jeffrey A. and Sara Jean; brother, Ralph; sister, Patricia Splan; brother-in-law, John (Sharon) Kirkpatrick; and many nieces and nephews.
Leon served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a decorated combat veteran awarded with the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He was held as a prisoner of war in Germany from December 1944 until May 1945, having been captured at the Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged with the rank of Sergeant.
He joined the Grand Rapids Fire Department in December of 1948 and retired in 1986 as the fire chief.
In 1986 Leon and Jean moved to their retirement home in Fife Lake. There they became active members of the Fife Lake United Methodist Church, and he became a certified lay speaker. He also served many of his retired years with the Traverse City DeColores Ministry and the Keryx Prison Ministry.
Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place.
To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Leon's online guestbook or to share a favorite memory, please visit www.MichiganCremation.com.
Published on May 7, 2017
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