Rudy Foster Williams

April 15, 1945December 24, 2018

Rudy Williams, 73, passed away on December 24th, 2018, at his home after a lingering illness. He was born on April 15, 1945 in Brigham City, Utah, to Arbery R. and Helen Gordon Williams. Many of his childhood years were spent in California, where he graduated from Lincoln High School in Stockton. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Rudy served his country as an officer in the US Army. Rudy has always been a free-spirit. He operated a small flying service as the airport manager, flight instructor, charter pilot, and instrument instructor. In the meantime, he owned a small 30 farm in Acampo, California, upon which he raised animals, crops, and a family. After pursuing a Ph.D. in Organizational Development, he settled in Seattle 30 years ago. He was employed as a Consultant in Leadership Development and Team Building Coach at Virginia Mason Medical Center and at Boeing. His greatest love was the outdoors - hiking and camping. He hiked every step of the 2650 mile Pacific Crest Trail in 2000. He found great pleasure in serving in leadership positions in his church, fostering the cause of Scouting, and supporting service projects of all kinds. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, of 52 years; two sons, Jason and Troy Williams; two daughters, Tiffany Hadley and Rebecca Johnson; 19 grandchildren; and his brother Gordon. A memorial service will be held in his honor on Monday, January 7th at 7:00 PM, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 9215 51st Avenue NE, Marysville. Interment will be in Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington. Arrangements entrusted to Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home


  • Funeral Service Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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Elizabeth Adams

January 2, 2019

I remember working with Rudy when he was in the Bishopric and I was serving in Young Women. He always made me feel that no request or suggestion was unimportant. He would look right at me when he listened and paid attention to what I said. Then ,sometimes, he would just be quiet for a minute and then share a suggestion with me, or simply validate what I had said. He always had a quiet strength about him that made one feel confident in his presence. Confident in him and confident in his trust in you that you were capable.
His faith, testimony and desire to serve were boundless. Once we called at about two in the morning because our son in law needed a blessing as he was very ill and had to travel the next day. He willingly went with us and helped administer that blessing. When we joyfully told him the next time we saw him thst our son in law had recovered quickly after the blessing his reply was, “Of course!”. And he was right.
He has been our home teacher for years and we will miss his warmth, his steadiness, the Spirit he carried into our home, the knowledge we gained from him, his sense of humor, and so much more. We are so grateful he took the time to change our lives.