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Obituary

GERALD D

GERALD D. WILLIAMS

Gerald (Jerry) D. Williams, 62, of Prosser went home to be with the Lord Friday, July 8, 2005, after a courageous two year battle with cancer.

Jerry was born April 30, 1943 at the Deaconess Hospital in Spokane to Harold E. and Bernece O. (Bilyeu) Williams. He resided with his parents on the family farm at Reardan (Mondovi). Jerry attended school in Davenport, graduating with the class of 1961. While attending high school, Jerry was very active in FFA and was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and track. He made All Conference in football and basketball on three state championship basketball teams. He was offered several football scholarships to play college football. Jerry attended WSU, where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. In February 1963, he attended Fellers College of Auctioneering in Kankakee, Ill. In March 1963, Jerry joined the United States Coast Guard Reserves, where he developed his life long love for the sea. He graduated from WSU in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics and accounting and a minor in animal science.

His early career included time with Chevron Chemical as an Ortho fertilizer and chemical salesman in the Yakima area, and as a fieldman for Prosser Pac (Twin City Foods) in Prosser. In 1971, Jerry was employed with the Washington Agricultural Marketing Association, where he remained until he started his own business, the Gerald D. Williams Company, in Sunnyside in 1978. He became a very successful businessperson as a packer and broker of asparagus, wine grapes, cherries and many other agricultural commodities grown in the Yakima Valley.

On Nov. 21, 1995 Jerry married Martha Mackey McComish in Kennewick.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Prosser, where he served as an elder and volunteered in the Logos program. In 2004, he and Martha became members of the Galilean Yacht Club, where they shared their love of boating and Christian fellowship.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Martha at their home in Prosser; his son, Brian and wife, Lisa Williams, of Oak Harbor and their children, Eden and Jedidiah; his daughter, Laurie Williams of Bellingham and her children, Jordan and Brittany; stepson, Colin McComish of Johnson City, Tenn.; stepdaughter, Katie Linkous and husband, Clay and their daughter, Madeline, from Johnson City; his mother-in-law, Margery Mackey of Prosser; brothers, Ed and wife, Janelle Williams of Sunnyside, Daryl and wife, Emily Williams of Kennewick; nephews, Jason Williams and companion, Kim Henderson, of Shoreline and John and wife, Nichole Williams, of Bremerton; several aunts and uncles; numerous cousins; and brothers-in-law.

Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Harold Williams in 1988; his mother, Bernece Williams in 2000; and father-in-law, Wendell Mackey in 2002.

Private internment will be held at the columbarium at East Prosser Cemetery. A celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, 2005, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 914 Yakima Ave., Prosser. A lunch and fellowship will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to the American Cancer Society, Prosser Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy, Kennewick, or to the First Presbyterian Church, Prosser.

A humble man, who quietly excelled in everything he did. Unknowingly, Jerry has touched countless lives in his journey these last two years. Loved by many and missed by all.

Muller’s Tri-Cities Funeral Home of Kennewick is in charge of arrangements.

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