David Ellsworth Williams

March 25, 1939April 6, 2019

David Ellsworth Williams, age 80 of Albion, passed away in his home on Saturday, April 6, 2019. He was born March 25, 1939 in Springport the son of Bob and Peg (Prine) Williams and they precede him in death. Also preceding him in death his wife of 24 years, Patricia (White) Williams.

David was a life member of the Masons, worked primarily as a barber in Albion and was an avid gun enthusiast and collector.

He is survived by his daughters, JoDee (Lance) Rice and Wendy (Michael) Smieska, step-sons, Tim (Wanda) Zaremba and Bill (Della) Zaremba, 2 grandsons,1 granddaughter, 6 great-grandsons, sisters, Dorothy (Carl) Dack and Mary Beth (John) Matthes and many nieces and nephews.

According to his wishes, cremation will take place and he will be interred next to his late wife, Patricia in Albion Memory Gardens, Albion.

The family is being served by J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, Albion.

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In lieu of flowers or donations, the family asks that when you think of David, to send some happy, loving energy their way by remembering good memories of him!


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David Ellsworth Williams

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Leigh (Scripter) Edinger

April 10, 2019

I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

In Christ’s Love,
Leigh (Scripter) Edinger

Vickie Hammond

April 9, 2019

JoDee, I'm sorry for your loss. I remember your dad from my teen years he always seemed so happy and he was one of the "fun" dads. I'm sure that smile will be missed by all. My thoughts are with you.

Tim. TZ Zaremba

April 9, 2019

PA.although we grew apart from each other I never stopped loving you. YOU were there for the good and the bad. YOU and MA can rest now. LOVE you. TZ and Wanda

Jim Dack

April 8, 2019

I have such fond memories of my Uncle Dave. He was generous and kind to me always. I remember stopping out to see him many times at his cabin... We would talk sports, hunting, guns, and family. He knew so much about Ruger revolvers he could have worked for the company!
Love you,

BZ Zaremba

April 8, 2019

You will be missed by many. You have now joined Mom for eternal life. Thanks for all the memories. Love ya pops

Jerry Gilmore

April 8, 2019

David was the foundation for the Versatiles Band way back in the fifty's. My memories of him are all positive, for he was that. Always ready to take on any musical challenge and we did quite a few different arrangements in our day. He was an integral part of our winning the Buck Lake Ranch Talent contest back then. Over the years, I spoke to him when in Michigan & we could connect. During one of his hospital stays, I recall calling him on the phone, pretending to be a Nashville Promoter that was trying to put together a 50's Rock & Roll show for some road gigs. I remember saying, 'all of the musicians we've got so far, recommend him for our drummer.' I couldn't keep the joke going too long, started to laugh & he knew who it was! He was a gentleman, fellow musician & a darn good barber. While visiting Albion, MI., I used his services. As I remember, he closed his shop & we went across the street to the Gar Dickerson Music Store (great place) & re-lived some of our youthful fun times. Like in all crossroads of life, I wish I would have reached 'a little farther' to connect with him in later years. With fond memories & deepest condolences for his family.

Carmen Saldivar

April 8, 2019

JoDee &Wendy I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was the greatest to me , And I dearly loved him for that. I have good memories of our times spent together . I lost contact with over the years but he always made me feel loved when I did run into him. I will always remember his loving and kind words of advice . My heart is heavy . I will always have a soft spot for him in my heart.

Love Carmen

Patricia Hurni

April 7, 2019

David was our drummer when I was in high school and such a good one. He was always a gentleman and I considered him a friend. My brother and I talk about him frequently. My brother went on with his music and he considered Dave as one of the really good musicians he worked with throughout his life. To JoDee and Wendy I am truly sorry for your loss. Your Dad holds a special place in my memory and in my brothers's. Dave opted not to go on with his music as I did but for one brief moment of time he entertained many people. Those of us who worked with him were grateful for that moment.