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George Jerry Williams

George Jerry Williams passed away August 30, 2006. He was born June 17, 1922.

George grew up on a cattle ranch in rural South Dakota, outside of Rapid City. His father was a rancher in Haakon County for over 60 years. He was born to Katherine and George Williams, the middle child and only son. He had two sisters, Julia and Rose.

After an all night bus ride through a snowstorm, he vowed that he would never live anyplace where it snowed and his family thinks he also developed a lifelong aversion to manual labor. He left the ranch to serve as a Navy pilot in WWII and later went to medical school in Colorado. He served in the Korean War on a troop transport as a medical officer.

In 1948, he met Betty Lou Ticknor. They were married two years later, on Sept. 12, 1950. He and "Ticker" would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.

He did his internship at Oak Knoll Naval Base in Oakland, CA, where his first two children, Mary Jo and Lou Ann, were born. In 1953, the growing family moved to Lodi and George began his medical practice as a general practitioner and surgeon. Three more children quickly followed - Jeri Lynn, Michael and Gina.

He had a very successful medical practice in Lodi until 2000. He was very proud of the fact that he took care of generations of people and delivered over 3000 babies. He often said that medicine was 90% listening and 10% diagnosing, and his patients valued his kindness and good advice as much as his medical acumen.

George learned to value education from his mother, a college graduate in the days when this was rare for women. He was very proud to tell everyone that his five children had nine college degrees among them. He had 10 grandchildren who nicknamed him "Bompa" - Jeri and Matt Blote's children: Jason, Jeff and Jimmy; Mary Jo's children: Lauren and Michael; Lou Ann and Blake Winchell's children: Elizabeth, Andrew and Richard; and Michael and Stacy Williams' children: Samantha and George. The grandchildren could count on his generosity and constant exhortations to stay in school and study hard.

He is also survived by a sister, Julia Mathison of Rapid City, SD, and many nieces and nephews and their children who still live in South Dakota and the Midwest.

He loved football and had 49'er season ticket for over 50 years. He also loved to watch high school and college sports. A true fanatic, he used to stack up TVs to watch two or three games at a time before remote controls were invented.

He enjoyed playing golf and for many years had a standing foursome every Thursday afternoon and Sunday morning. He and Betty loved to travel and play golf together, and they played golf together in all 50 states, a feat he commemorated with a special piece of jewelry he designed for Ticker. He and Betty had a special home on the Pacific coast, where he relished playing golf with his friends in the "Mexican Mafia."

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Anne's Catholic Church, with private committal services. A virtual register book may be signed at www.lodifuneral home.com.