Leon "Bill" Williams
January 31, 1927 – May 2, 2013
Leon "Bill" Williams was born on January 31, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Treasa (Cavanaugh) and Leon Williams. He passed away on May 2, 2013 in Novi, Michigan at the age of 86.
Bill was the loving husband of Nancie for 60 years. Cherished father of Sharon, Mary Beth (Stan) Niescier and Bill (Kim). Devoted grandfather of Kaitlyn, Ally, Tori, Krystyn, Olivia and Karina.
Bill served as an MP in the United States Army from 1950 to 1952. His valiant service earned him a Bronze Star during the Korean War and was featured in the book "Portraits of Service".
Following his time in the Army, he was an established financial adviser in the Plymouth area for 50 years. An avid outdoors man, in his free time Bill enjoyed spending his weekends in Houghton Lake where he enjoyed hunting and boating with his granddaughters.
Bill was also passionate about giving back to his community through youth hockey programs. For 30 years he coached hockey and was a former President of the Tricounty Hockey League.
The Williams family will receive friends on Sunday May 5, 2013 from 4-8 pm and on Monday May 6, 2013 from 3-9 pm with a Rosary Service at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Rd. (east of Newburgh and I-275) in Livonia.
Bill will lie in state on Tuesday May 7, 2013 from 10:30 am until the time of his Funeral Mass 11 am at St. Edith Catholic Church, 15089 Newburgh Rd. (just south of Five Mile Rd) in Livonia.
He will be laid to rest with Military Honors at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery in Southfield, Michigan.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to:
St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital PO Box 1000 Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38142 tribute # 33487402 stjude.org/tributes
- Visitation Sunday, May 5, 2013
- Visitation Monday, May 6, 2013
- In state Tuesday, May 7, 2013
- Funeral Mass Tuesday, May 7, 2013
- Burial with Military Honors
Leon "Bill" Williams
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May 4, 2013
Dear Sharon,Mary Beth, Stan, Kim, and Bill, We were so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. We met your Dad about 9 years ago when we decided to build our cottage. What a kind and generous man! He gave his time so willingly to my grand boys and Paul. We will never forget how he taught them all to ski and always had a smile and a nice word for all of us. Even now as I sit here, I see him with the bandana on his head in the jet boat pulling many laughing children behind him--including my boys. Thank you all for sharing your Dad with us! He was truly one of a kind. I also enjoyed listening to the stories he would tell about all of you as teenagers and all the fun he had with you. Yes, he had those stories too--and of course his army stories. We will surely miss Bill every summer from now on--but we are so glad to have known him. May God bless your family in this time of sadness and may all your beautiful memories bring you comfort forever. Fondly, Houghton Lake Neighbors, Janice and David