Richard Lee Williams
Richard "Dick" Lee Williams was born June 28, 1938, to Benjamin and Tracey Williams (nee Hensley) in Danville, Ill.
Dick peacefully passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Sunrise Senior Care Home in Laguna Niguel, Calif., at the age of 81.
Dick was born into a large family, one of 16 siblings, and carried his strong work ethic throughout his life, working as a young man until Alzheimer's stole his memory a few years ago. Never afraid to take on new challenges, Dick owned several small businesses and worked seemingly tirelessly at anything and everything. He was never afraid to get his hands dirty. Adventurous, he packed two lifetimes in to one. He was a man's man.
He loved visiting with his son, daughter and grandchildren. Dick loved sports of all kinds. Baseball was king. Some of his fondest memories were coaching baseball. He adored his dogs Mickey and Cindy, socializing with his work friends at Applied Medical, barbecuing kayaking, riding his motorcycle, watching his beloved Cubs and Bears. He was a proud U.S. Navy veteran and loved women, and although admittedly wasn't great at relationships, it didn't stop him from trying. He was a devout, loyal and steadfast friend to those who knew him.
Richard was a long-time employee at Applied Medical, from which he retired in 2015. He also was a member of the Danville Fire Department.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Ben Williams, George Williams, Rex Williams, and Ray Williams; sisters, Joanne, Janet, June, Joye, Justine, Hope and Donna; grandson Jacob Swansen.
Richard is survived by his children, Gary (Ellen) Williams and Gayle (Jamey) Swansen; his grandchildren, Chelsie Williams, Andrea Williams and Charles Williams; sisters, Nancy, Charlotte and Charlene and brother, Victor.
A private, family memorial service will be held later in the summer of 2020. Memorial donations may be made to the to help research the prevention and onslaught of Alzheimer's.
Published on March 23, 2020


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Mar 24, 2020
I'm so glad he had such a full life. I loved reading about his accomplishments . So sorry for your sadness and loss. Love you my friend.
Linda Bishop
Mar 23, 2020
Gayle I am sorry my friend I know how special your Dad was to you.
Condolences to your entire family. May he now rest in the loving arms of our Lord.