Kenton “Kent” Ross Williams

April 23, 1933 – March 13, 2018

TORRINGTON – Kenton “Kent” Ross Williams, 84, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on March 13, 2018, at Goshen Healthcare Community in Torrington. 

He was born April 23, 1933, in Yakima, Wash. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018, at North Hills Baptist Church in Lingle. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Hills Baptist Church or to the Valley Christian School in Torrington. 

Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to 

Kent was the son of James Wesley Williams and Sadie Loraine (Snider) (Williams) Glaspey. His father was killed in a logging accident when Kent was two years old. His mother later married Robert Gordon Glaspey, who was a wonderful step-father of whom Kent was very proud. 

Kent’s younger years were spent in the beautiful Washington mountains. Later the family moved to Yakima, where Kent graduated from high school. 

He served four years in the U.S. Navy, from 1952 to 1956, crossing the Pacific 14 times. Three years eight months of that time was served in Foreign and Sea Service, mostly in the Philippines. He was a marksman who achieved the rank of Engineman Third Class Petty Officer and was honorably discharged. 

He returned to Yakima where he went to work in the family lumber business doing many jobs but mainly as the lumber grader and mechanic. He was a member of North Hills Baptist Church and the National Rifle Association.

Kent and Alice (Fenn) Williams were married Feb. 14, 1958, and to that union were born two daughters, Erin (Williams) Tian and Lori Williams, who live in Torrington. They moved in 1972 from Yakima to farm wheat and ranch on Alice’s grandparent’s original homestead and adjacent land acquired by her uncle James Fenn north of Fort Laramie. They sold the farm and moved to Torrington in 2004, where they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Kent is survived by his wife and two daughters; a brother Mark (Carolyn) Glaspey; a sister Shelley (Glaspey) Withem; brother-in-law Edward Purvis; cousins and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, sister Sybil (Glaspey) Purvis, and brother-in-law Ronald Withem.

Kenton will be remembered as an honest man, a loyal friend, a loving husband and father, who loved and worshiped his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. “Well done good and faithful servant.” A family grave side service and burial in the Veteran’s Section of the Valley View Cemetery in Torrington will be held at a later date.


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