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John N. Williams, 59, of Washington, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at the Washington County Hospital after a sudden illness.

Celebration of life services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Jones & Eden Funeral Home officiated by Pastor Don Collings. Visitation was Tuesday at the Jones & Eden Funeral Home. Internment was at the Elm Grove Cemetery. A general memorial has been established. Online condolences may be sent for Johnís family at jonesfh.com.

John N. Williams was born February 5, 1953, in Unionville, Mo., the son of John Willard and Roxie May (Milford) Williams. He attended school in Missouri and Keota. John graduated from Mid Prairie High School. He was united in marriage to Sally A. Chance on May 17, 1976, in Washington.

John had been a resident of Washington for the last 36 years. He was employed by Crane Valve for 34 years, until 2006. He also worked at ACH Foam Technology, and was most recently employed by Pizza Hut for the last two years until his health declined.

John attended the Prairie Flower Baptist Church Youth Group. He was active in the Washington Bowling League on the Paynes Team. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling. He liked to attend stock car races and loved watching Iowa games and wrestling on TV. He also enjoyed going to auctions and antiquing. He loved spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephews.

John is survived by his wife, Sally of Washington; foster daughter Candy Lowe of Washington; sister Sue Hicks of Unionville, Mo; sister Leotta Clay of Wellman; brother Randy Leroy Williams of Washington; sister Thelma Maxine Williams of Wellman; brother Charles H. Williams and wife Judy of Keota; sister Jean Threlkeld and husband Danny of Wellman; brother Jess W. Williams and wife Frances of Washington; sister Annie Jarvis of Delta; aunt Lois Vest of Washington; uncle Robert Milford of Washington and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one infant brother; one niece and 14 aunts and uncles.

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