Marvin Williams, 92, of White River, S.D., passed away on Monday, May 19, 2014 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care Facility in Winner, S.D. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in White River. Burial followed in the White River Cemetery. Visitation was held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner.
Marvin Terrance Williams was born in a sod house near Kepa-Paha, South Dakota to Orilla and Ernest Williams. He grew up around the Winner area with his 11 brothers and sisters.
Marvin served his country during WWII. He was a paratrooper in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division and jumped behind enemy lines in Germany and France. Marvin also participated in the taking of the Rhine and Market Garden. After the war, Marvin and his wife, Dorothy Pearl Williams of Sioux City, Iowa, moved to a ranch near Pierre, S.D. Marvin worked for a rancher there before buying his own ranch located 18 miles northeast of White River. He lived there over 50 years and raised his four children; Merlin, Karen, Doreen, and Judy.
Marvin was actively involved in various clubs and organizations. His strong love for his country led him to become a lifetime member in Otterman Legion Post 94 in White River. During this time he held several positions including post commander, chaplain, and state commander. He was instrumental in getting the 50 state flags for the Legion to display at frontier days. Marvin often took his horses to carry the American and Legion flag in parades and rodeos.
Marvin loved living on the ranch, taking care of his cattle and horses. He also enjoyed hunting, collecting barbed wire and anything to do with his grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Marvin is survived by his three daughters: Karen (Jim) McCullough of Clearfield, S.D., Doreen (Wayne) Williams of Rapid City, S.D., and Judy (Jerry) Williams of Huron, S.D.; four grandchildren: Cricket (Greg) Raschke, Bart (Raine) McCullough, Tabbatha Cornelius, Bud (Maacah) Tarrell; five great grandchildren: Tristen, Graeden, Wyatt, Nina, and B’Elanna.
Marvin is preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy Williams, son Merlin Williams and his 11 brothers and sisters.