Wayne R. Williams, 79, Bloomington, died at 1:53 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 7, 2011) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 10, 2011) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or the charity of the donor’s choice.
He was born Jan. 24, 1932, in Bloomington, son of Claude Edward Williams and Edith Lula Dunlap. He married Shirley Thorp on June 13, 1954, in Bloomington. She survives.
Also surviving are his children, Linda (Ryan) Lay, Bloomington, and Jeffrey Williams, Bellevue; cherished grandson, Codi Dean McWhorter, Bloomington; brothers, Gene (Verlona) Williams, Fairfax, Va.; Robert (Vicky) Williams, Prescott Valley, Ariz.; and James Williams, Chino Valley, Ariz.; a dear sister-in law, Scarlett Kelly, Indian Springs, Nev.; a dear brother-in-law, Michael Thompson, Champaign; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Lorie Jean Williams; and two brothers, Virgil Myers and Cal Myers.
Wayne was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving 1951-1955. He worked many years for Illinois Central Gulf Railroad in Bloomington.
Wayne enjoyed fishing, woodworking, western movies and trips to Las Vegas. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who will be greatly missed.