(December 25, 2002)
Funeral services were conducted Monday, Dec. 30 at the LDS Church in Powell for John Marvin Williams, 74, who died Christmas morning, Dec. 25 at the Powell Hospital.
He was born April 25, 1928, in Painsville, Mo., the 10th child of Pierce Wade and Suzanna Stewart Williams. He spent his early years in Missouri, Kansas and Colorado and moved to Wyoming as a teenager.
As a young man, he worked on a cattle ranch out of Laramie. He worked for Holly Sugar in Worland for some time and then for McCellan Mcqueen Construction with his brothers, Joe and Gus.
He went to work for Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (WBI) on April 28, 1955, and retired April 30, 1990 after 35 years. During his retirement, he worked part-time for Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home in Powell and was working there at the time of his death.
In August, 1950, he joined the Worland National Guard, and in January, 1951 he shipped out to Korea. He served in combat until Feb. 27, 1952, when he returned to the states.
On March 15, 1952, he and Barbara Prather were married in Worland. This marriage was solemnized in the Jorden River Temple on Oct. 11, 1985. This union was blessed with three children.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in the Bishopric of the Powell First Ward for six years and faithfully fulfilled many other callings. At the time of his death, he and Barbara were Ordinance Workers at the Billings Montana Temple.
Survivors include his wife Barbara; two sons, Dennis and wife Iris of Salt Lake City, Utah; one daughter, Vi Yates and husband Randy of Powell; 13 grandchildren, including Jason Streeter and wife Misty, Jennifer Hildebrandt and husband Ross, David and Daniel Williams, Brea and Corey Williams and Jessie Yates; 22 great-grandchildren, including Aiden and Kayla Streeter, Thade Hildebrandt and Emily Marie Delcoure; two brothers, Gus and wife Bonnie of Casper and Tip Dixon and wife Janet of Paulden, Ariz.; and two sisters-in-law, Mary of Casper and Dolly of Basin and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers and two sisters.
Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home handled arrangements.