In memoriam of David Lee Williams, 01/21/1943 - 07/29/2017

Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home

In memoriam of David Lee Williams, 01/21/1943 - 07/29/2017

View the online memorial here.

David Lee Williams, 74, of Watervliet, passed away peacefully while at his cabin near the town of Paradise in the upper peninsula. He was a devoted Christian and now he is in the authentic paradise with his Savior.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery

in Watervliet. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 - 8 p.m. Memorials in Dave's honor

may be made to The Chapel, 4250 Washington Ave, St Joseph, MI 49085. Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so at

Dave was born Jan. 21, 1943 in Lima, Ohio to Wilma Patton.

As a child he was adopted by Warren Williams after he and Wilma married and treated Dave as if he was his own child. Following high school Dave served his country in the U.S. Army. He was employed with American Electric Power as a lineman, foreman and eventual supervisor,

retiring in 1999 after 34 years.

Dave was an avid Michigan Wolverine fan.

He, his sons and father attended Michigan home games as season ticket holders.

He loved to fish and be with family and friends in Canada, as well as in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. He loved to cook and his specialties were fish, spaghetti (which he called Italian goulash) and "chicken & soppins". He enjoyed attending classic car shows and loved spoiling his two dogs Boogie and Rocky. He was also known for his many one liners, such as "Grab a root and growl" and "Perhaps one more". Dave's ultimate favorite place on earth was his cabin on the Tahquamenon River. He loved to ride ATVs and fish there with family and friends.

He is survived by his mother Wilma Williams of Benton Harbor;

two sons, David (Sarah) Williams, Jr. of Rockford, Mich. and Donald Williams of Watervliet; three step children, Randy (Trisha) Bettich of St. Joseph, Renee (Eric) Nelson of Stevensville and Wendy (Ivon) Hays of Coloma; three sisters, Diane Meyers of Benton Harbor, Mary (Jim) Gioisa of Watervliet and Carol (Steve) Tacy of Watervliet; nine grandchildren, Ava, Hazel, Riley, Race, Ross, Taylor, Alexandra, Luke, and Ivon II; as well as many nieces and nephews whom he too loved.

Dave was preceded in death by his first wife Maureen in 1999; his second wife Sandy and his father Warren.

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