Eldwin Lee “Red” Williams, age 83, of LaPlata, MO, formerly of Aurora, Colorado died August 2, 2011 at the VA Hospital in Columbia, MO.
The son of Harry Lee and Helen Mae Williams, he was born March 22, 1928 in Chariton, Iowa.
Eldwin served in the armed forces during World War II and was discharged from the U.S. Army in 1944.
He married Emma Lou Eoff on February 25, 1961. He and Emma Lou were the parents of two children, Gary Williams of LaPlata, MO and Rhonda (Mrs. Doug) Dunkin of Denver, Colorado who survive.
Survivors include three children from a previous marriage, John Williams of Greely, CO, Jim Williams of Eugene, OR, and Catherine Williams-Stites of Utah; one sister, Carolyn Stokes of Denver, CO; two brothers-in-law, George Eagan of Eugene, OR and Fred Webster of Kahoka, MO; two sisters-in-law, Marjorie Folglesong of Kahoka, MO, and Mary Eoff of Cedar Rapids, IA; 20 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren, numerous nephews, nieces and friends, including Joe Gardino who worked with Eldwin for may years.
Eldwin was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Betty Egan, one son, Larry Williams, his wife Emma Lou, four brothers-in-law, William Stokes, Charles Eoff, Glen Eoff, Harold Foglesong and two sisters-in-law, Norma Eoff and Betty Webster.
Red was a loyal husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He was proud to have served his country. Red had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, fishing, camping, cooking, planting flowers and vegetable gardens, watching baseball, basketball, football, Nascar races and wrestling matches.
Full military graveside services were held at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado on August 9, 2011 with Pastor Bill Lower officiating along with military personal.
Pallbearers were James Williams Jr., Josh Williams, Matt Williams, Erine Jones, Mike Stecklien, and Randy Parton. Honorary pallbearers were Doug Dunkin, Gary Williams, Jim Williams, Ray Gardino and Joe Gardino.