Warren Nelson Williams

Warren Nelson Williams of Overland Park, KS passed away at the age of 89. Warren was born in Marshall, MO, graduated from William Jewell College, and received his law degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City. Warren was a highly respected patent attorney and partner of Hovey Williams Law Firm.

Warren had a fascination with travel. In addition to traveling to every continental state more than once for Hovey Williams, he also held a private pilot license, owning and flying Cessna single engine aircraft. Later, he had a series of Airstream trailers that he enjoyed maintaining and touring.

Warren will be lovingly remembered by his partner Penny Singer, his children, Lisa and Todd, his sister, Shirley DeWalt, and numerous other family members and friends. Warren was predeceased by his parents, R. Emmett and Ethel. Warren was a lifelong United Methodist member.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution to the charity of your choice may be made in Warren’s name.


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Warren Nelson Williams

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Bob Hovey

September 17, 2020

Warren and I became associated with my father, C. Earl Hovey, in the practice of Intellectual Property Law in the mid 1950's. You might say we grew up legally together. We are both the same age (89).
We each enjoyed the practice and, after my father passed away in 1959, we ultimately became partners in a newly named firm.
Warren was a friendly, hardworking law partner who enjoyed his profession and the makeup of interesting clients and subject matter it presented. He contributed mightily to the success of the firm which is now almost 100 years old and he was a keystone in its growth. He will be missed by all who knew him and enjoyed his pleasant, convivial company.

Steve Warta

September 16, 2020

My condolences to the Family.

I was introduced to Warren by his sister, Shirley many years ago. Warren and I worked together on his investments. He always had such a keen mind for asking the appropriate questions. It was an honor and my pleasure to work with Warren!

I will miss him, as well as his late-night emails.

john van haften

September 15, 2020

I have known Warren for many years and have worked with him at two separate companies. He was responsible for obtaining many difficult patents for us. He was truly an exceptional practitioner in the patent field. As a personal friend, I will miss his wit and intelligence very much.
John Van Haften

Terry Spain

September 12, 2020

I had the privilege of working with Warren for several years at Hovey Williams and he was always a joy to work with. One specific memory I have is the employees had to all sit through a sexual harassment seminar and after the seminar Warren came up to me and said he owed me an apology. I proceeded to ask him what he owed me an apology for and he said “well, you always dress so nice and after that seminar, I guess I could have offended you by telling you that you looked nice”. My response was “Warren, you have never offended me and you can tell me I look nice anytime you like”.

I love the picture of Warren. It looks just like him.


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