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Merrill R. Williams

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Feb. 13, 1933 — Dec. 30, 2019

Merrill R. “Bill” Williams, 86, a resident of Burlington, Iowa, for 24 years, died Dec 30, 2019, at Iowa Veterans Home, Marshalltown, Iowa, as a result of complications from a stroke.

He was born Feb 13, 1933, in Chicago. He attended Lancaster High School, Lancaster, Missouri

Services and internment will be held at Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa at noon on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. Family and friends are invited.

A Korean War veteran, he enlisted in the U.S. Army 1950 at Ottumwa, Iowa, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal at Fort Hood, Texas, in 1953 as a Military Police Supervisor.

Mr. Williams was a former fuel transport driver for Amoco Oil in Chicago for 33 years retiring in 1992. He had the distinction of being one of only 12 drivers nationwide to have completed 26 years of driving without a preventable vehicle accident, a feat of which he was very proud. He also drove for Trailways of Burlington for 10 years before fully retiring.

For many years, he managed the Elks Club Arlinginton Heights, Illinois, and was a member of American Legion, Order of Moose and Eagles. Active in many rifle and gun clubs throughout his life, Bill enjoyed hunting elk in Wyoming, golf, travel and camping. He loved his dogs.

He was preceded in death by his recent wife of 18 years, Jennifer J. Berhardt Williams (married in 1998 until her death in 2016) and previous wives Lelia W. Hunter Williams (married in 1965 until her death in 1994) and Jean Flansburg Williams (married 1952). Also preceded in death by his father, Merrill Roland Williams of Chicago (1953); mother, Dorothy LaFawn Day Parcel of Ottumwa, Iowa (1995); step-father, Harvey “Carl” Parcel of Ottumwa, Iowa (1999); brother, Jack R. Williams of Mediapolis, Iowa (1996); daughter, Linda Jean Cage of Dunnellon, Florida (2011); and son, Merrill Roland “Billy” Williams III of Keokuk, Iowa (2017).

He is survived by a sister, Jody (Ronald) Downing of Ottumwa, Iowa; step-children, Tamara (Mark) Day of Carman IL, Todd (Jeri) Thompson of Winlock, Wyoming and Troy (Maria) Thompson of Burlington, Iowa; step-sons Thomas E. Sprague of Little Chute, Wisconsin, James A. Sprague of West Hollywood, California, and Gary A. (Lois) Sprague of Woodland Park, Colorado.; and sons, Ronald C. (Angela) Williams of Youngsville and Richard V. (Karen) Williams, Hollywood, Florida.

Grandfather of 25; and great-grandfather of 30. Grandpa Bill will be missed by all.