Obituary: Michael Dan Williams | Obituaries – Get our quote online

ILWACO – Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Mike Williams died peacefully at the end of Sunday 28 June 2020, after a long battle against cancer, in the arms of his loving family and in the city he loved. 29, 1942, Mike grew up on "Williams Hill" in Ilwaco – the same hill where his father was born and raised and where Mike raised his two daughters. He graduated from Ilwaco High School in May 1960 and has made deep lifelong friendships with many of his classmates. He attended Gonzaga University, Lower Columbia Junior College and East Washington State College before returning to Ilwaco to work on Strand Insurance with his cousin Tim William, who joined Telephone Utilities in 1966 and worked for the company. (and his successor Pacific Telecomm) for nearly 30 years, with a short break in which he worked for the Pacific County PUD in 1981-82. He married his classmate Gayle Pursley of Ilwaco High School in 1968, and the couple raised two daughters, Melinda and Hillary. Although Mike and Gayle divorced in 1980, they remained friends and continued to share family reunions. He met Jeanene Slejeski in 1988 and their love relationship has been a source of joy and satisfaction for over 30 years. Two kindred spirits married on the beach in Hawaii in 1994 and traveled frequently to Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and across the west coast. Over the years they lived on the Long Beach Peninsula, in Vancouver and Alaska, but were always in close contact with family and friends. Mike served in the U.S. National Guard in the late 60's and early 70's and liked to joke around like an army cook could have gotten rid of a entire battalion. He was a famous Master of Ceremonies for the annual Loyalty Day and Flag Festival events, and could be found at Ilwaco Cemetery on each Memorial Day, honoring local veterans by mowing the grass and placing flowers on their graves. The bike was the living incarnation of Winston Churchill's famous quote, "We earn from what we get, but we make a living from what we give." He served for 25 years as a volunteer fireman in both Ilwaco and Clark County, Washington. As a volunteer of the services of the Catholic community, he provided means of transport, delivered food and visited the elderly forced home. He was active in the local Elks club and managed the local Hoop Shoot competition for years. He donated blood more than 400 times in 50 years, earning a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Red Cross. While in Vancouver, Mike and Jeanene spent many evenings at Portland Emmanuel Hospital, holding children who were born with drug addictions or other special needs. He served on the boards of numerous community organizations and, in recent years, he and Jeanene were active on the board of the used ministries store and in the historic restoration of St. Mary & # 39; s church. McGowan, just outside Chinook, Washington state. build and cultivate connections with friends and family. He remained in frequent contact with his extended and distant family and friends he met wherever he went. Like his father before him, he was a great storyteller, a practical prank master and everyone's favorite uncle, cousin and friend. He should have owned Hallmark shares with the number of greeting cards, anniversaries, graduations and just the thought of you he sent. He liked almost every aspect of the life of the Peninsula. He has never missed the chance to dig a razor clam limit, pick up some buckets of wild blackberries or stop at the Cottage Bakery to visit with friends. It has passed countless community events and has been a fixture for decades in local high school basketball and soccer games. In recent years, he has had great pleasure in working on the stand at the miniature golf course owned by his daughter and son-in-law, where it was so popular that the people he had met only once returned to ask for his name. He found joy and human connection every minute of every day and is preceded in death by his parents Rees Brongwyn and Marguerite Garvin Williams and his brother Rees Williams Jr., and survived his brother father Tom Williams, SJ; his wife, Jeanene Williams; his daughters, Melinda Williams (Mark Murray) and Hillary Trusty (Glenn Trusty); her stepson Mick Heither (Bret Heither), six grandchildren, five great grandchildren and many grandchildren and grandchildren. No immediate meetings are scheduled due to the emergency covid of 19, although a funeral service and the celebration of Mike's life will be scheduled in the future. Instead of flowers, the family suggests a donation in his name for the restoration of the historic McGowan church in St. Mary, one of the community projects Mike was working on at the time of his death. https://www.gofundme.com/f/st-mary039s-mcgowan-restoration-project.His guestbook is available on www.penttilaschapel.com.
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