OBITUARY

James Eldon Williams

February 23, 1940May 2, 2021
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James Eldon Williams Beloved husband, father, brother, and grandfather passed away peacefully on a sunny Sunday morning, May 2, 2021, in Kirkland, WA after valiantly battling lung cancer for nearly 6 years. He was 81. A retired 38 year Boeing Company structural/civil engineer, Eldon’s work influenced projects from the Minuteman Missile Program, the Hard Mobile Launcher, and the NASA Apollo space program in Houston, TX for 7 years. A native of West Virginia, Eldon was born in Cool Ridge on Feb 23, 1940 to Merle and Willard Williams, and lived in Raleigh County, attending a one-room school house, graduating from Shady Springs High in 1957, and earning a Master’s in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University in 1962. In 1960, he and Sandra married, and in 1963 he took a job with the Boeing Company (the highest paying company he interviewed with), and they drove west to Seattle, Washington in his new, black-on-black 1963 Buick Riviera. Eldon enjoyed taking exquisite care of his yard, fishing in his Livingston boat, camping in his Starcraft camper, coaching baseball, cheering on the Seahawks and Mariners, and his family's southern cooking- pinto beans and cornbread especially! Eldon’s family and friends always cherished his quick wit, his hilarious stories, and his love of his kids and grandchildren. In 1989, he and Marian married and began their life together, enjoying coffee and time on their back deck simply soaking up their incredible view, and, spending time with new friends made on their many trips to Tennessee and their beloved bluegrass festival. He is preceded in death by step-daughter Tracy Staczek and brother Cline Williams. He is survived by his loving wife, Marian; daughter, Karen Kesner (Jeff); son, Doug Williams (Alicia); stepson, Mike Staczek; grandchildren, Alec McKinley, Delainy and Kjel Schlemmer, Franki Kesner, and Reece and Emilia Williams, and his loving sister Phyllis Hatcher (Bill). Also, surviving are many adoring nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at 10am Saturday, May 8th at Lifetime Celebrations by Washelli, 18224 103rd Ave NE, Bothell, WA, followed immediately by a private family service and interment at the Bothell Pioneer Cemetery.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

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Sandi Hill

May 8, 2021

When we moved next door, Eldon moved into our family as a friend, landscaping advisor and local grandpa. Memories that rise to the surface... Eldon and Ty throwing paper airplanes off the deck (and Ty retrieving from lower level). Fishing! Not only did Eldon and Marian introduce Ty to fishing in the livingston boat, but they kept it up, year after year. Music at St. Edwards- we’ve heard and seen some interesting things there!! Calm, patient, caring, faithful, and wise with his words. Love.

Our casual and comfortable love and connection will never taken for granted.

Love to you and your family-
Sandi, Tom and Tyler Hill

Carol Richter

May 7, 2021

We send our heartfelt sympathy to all the family. We enjoyed Eldon and Marion at the William’s gatherings through the years. We always wished we could have gotten to know them better. Such special people. Fondly, Carol & Bob Richter

Alicia Williams

May 7, 2021

Love you Grandpa E!

Karen Kesner

May 7, 2021

You will never be forgotten - you are unforgettable and soooo loved by us all!! You leave us with memories that will lift us up every day, Dad, Grandpa E!! ❤️

Ruth & Stephen Lane

May 6, 2021

Eldon you are now in Heaven with your family and friends who have gone before.
Marian remember Eldon will always be with you.
We will always remember all the wonderful times we had with you.
Love,
Ruth & Stephen

Dick Gates

May 5, 2021

Eldon and I are long-time friends. We worked together with NASA on the Apollo program in Houston from 1967 - 1974, and remained friends since, and we saw each other from time-to-time at Boeing in the testing labs, and a few times when I could make it to the Old Studs lunches since we retired. He was a great guy and a good friend.

Don Graves

May 5, 2021

My sympathy and condolences to all of Eldon's family, I was a close working colleague and friend of Eldon's in Texas during the Apollo program. My heartfelt respect to both Eldon and Marion in the commendable way they handled his illness.
Don Graves

stanley nanevicz

May 5, 2021

My condolences to the family

Robert Sloman

May 5, 2021

Eldon and Marian have shown true love and revealed their strength of character and enduring spirit throughout, not just during these last recent years. We have been blessed to have neighbors such as you. With love and condolences, the Sloman family.

Kenton / Cindy Lavy

May 5, 2021

Marian - I write this with a tender heart. So many memories we have. Some pretty crazy ones. It was such a blessing to have met you at the Museum in TN. Truly a gift from God. Laughter and tears we shed together. Laughter of picking apples and riding on the kids toys. Tears when we laid Joe and Tiffany away. And now more tears as Eldon was called Home. No more pain to battle, Eldon has a new body now. I can picture him walking on the “streets of gold”. Only God knows what Joe and Eldon are planning. And I’m sure it will be something special. Love and Blessings to you. Kent & Cindy

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