Richard Leo "Dick" Williams
Richard Leo "Dick" Williams, age 70, of Philip, died Sunday morning, July 10, 2005, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
A Christian Funeral Service was held Wednesday, July 13, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Father Ron Garry officiating.
Lector was Rita O’Connell. Music was provided by Marianne Frein, pianist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist, with special music by Glenn Parsons. Ushers were Mark Buchholz, Chuck O’Connor, Jim Root and Burjes Fitch. Pallbearers were Bill Ziegenbein, Glen Hostutler, Mickey Daly, Bill O’Connor, J.D. Broyles and Mike Olney. Honorary pallbearers were Dick’s card playing friends and all relatives and friends in attendance.
Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip.
Richard Leo "Dick" Williams was born June 6, 1935, in Philip, SD, the son of Robert Theodore "Ted" Williams and Camilla (Becak) Williams. In the early 1940s, he went to live with his uncle and aunt, Edgar and Tressie
Williams, after his mother's death. He grew up and received his education in the Philip area. During his school years, he began farming and ranching with his uncle and aunt. He graduated from Philip High School in 1955. In 1958, he purchased a well-drilling machine, with which he worked in the summer. During the winter, he went to work in California in a welding shop. In the early 1960s, Dick returned to Philip, where he worked on the ranch.
Dick was united in marriage to Kay Fortune on August 8, 1966. They made their home on the ranch he grew up on, and in 1970 purchased the ranch from Edgar and Tressie. In 1987, Dick expanded his operation by purchasing the Alan Smith ranch south of Kadoka, on the White River.
Throughout his life, Dick taught his family to work hard and how to stretch a dollar. He loved to play cards and dance almost as much as he loved to work.
Dick was a member of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, R-Calf, and a member of the Bad River Dance Club.
Grateful for having shared his life include his wife, Kay of Philip; three sons, Paul Williams of Philip, Mark Williams and his wife, Jayme, of Kadoka, and Ross Williams and his wife, Janice, of Philip; three daughters, Tina Williams of Kadoka, Kari Martinez and her husband, Griff, of Casper, WY, and Jodi Williams and special friend, Dana Kerns, of Philip; 14 grandchildren; his step-mother, Mary Williams of Philip; six half-brothers,Jack Williams and his wife, Kathy, of Billings, MT, Tom Williams of Philip, Don Williams and his wife, Peggy, of Rapid City, Mike Williams of Philip, Bruce Williams of Sioux Falls, and Galo Williams and his wife, Sheryl, of Red Bluff, CA; one sister, Suzanne Lewison and her husband, Larry, of Hurley, SD; a sister-in-law, Bea Williams of Missoula, MT; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Dick was preceded in death by his mother, Camilla Williams; his father, Ted Williams; one brother, Robert Dean Williams; his aunt, and uncle, Edgar and Tressie Williams; and a great-granddaughter, Kaya Lynn Huling.
A memorial is established. Rush Funeral Home of Philip was in charge of arrangements.