TORRINGTON – George Harvey Williams was born Sept. 1, 1929, in Morrill, Neb., the son of Perry Lee Williams and Alta Blanch Williams. He died peacefully on Dec. 4, 2018, in his second home in Baja, Mexico.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, at the Community of Christ Church, 4224 N. 44th Street, Phoenix, Ariz.
George is predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Nellie Ruth Williams, his brother, Lee Williams, his sister, Juanita Hansen, and both his parents.
He has one living sister, Elsie Mae Stevenson from Rapid City, S.D., as well as three children, daughter, Linda (Chris) Mai from Broken Arrow, Okla., son Jack (Connie) Williams from Orange, Calif., and daughter Beverly (Bruce) Best from Lakeside-Pinetop, Ariz. George has 12 grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren.
George graduated from Torrington High School in 1947. George retired from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Ariz., in 1992, where he had been a purchasing agent. For several years he was the NAU Retirees Association President.
He later moved to Lakeside, Ariz., and at the age of 87, built a new home which included his “dream workshop.” He also owned a place in Baja, Mexico, where he stayed during the coldest months of the year.
He was active until the day he died. At age 89, he still loved to ride his Jeep and ATV’s. He walked his dog, snow skied, played golf, camped out and fished. He was an Elder in the Community of Christ church where he served many years as pastor, as well as other roles. He was on the board of the Whispering Pines Church Campground in Fountain Hills, Ariz., for many years and was a key person in the development of the grounds.
Anyone who knew George can attest to his sunny disposition, his positive outlook on life, and his love of friends and family. He was always willing to pitch in and help out. George will be remembered for his cowboy hat, boots and bolo tie. He was a true inspiration to everyone and lived a full life.
Memorial contributions may be directed to:
Whispering Pines Campgrounds
15008 N. Rica Vida Way
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268