Dear Williams family, I am very sorry about your passing. Thinking about you guys. Tristan King
Wendell Verne Williams, 95, of Danville, died Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Great River Medical Center, West Burlington. He was born April 24, 1923 in Danville to Corliss Frank and Nettie Esther Elliott Williams. On September 5, 1942 he married Ruth Winona Wagner in Danville.
He was a graduate of Danville High School; joined the Army during World War II and served with the 91st Infantry Division in Italy until the end of the war; he then farmed for 15 years; was a 1961 graduate of Prairie Bible Institute in Canada; and spent 25 years doing missionary work in Ireland retiring in 1988.
He had a lot of memories and enjoyed writing about them in prose and poetry. He also rejoiced in God's goodness in allowing 95 years of life and many descendants. He was a member of Harmony Bible Church.
Wendell is survived by his wife of Danville; one daughter, Janet (Kerry) Gibson of Appleton, Wisconsin; six sons, Linn (Carolyn), Russell (Kathy), Ross (Tammy), all of Danville, Jim of Ft. Myers, Florida, Nathan (Laura) of Burlington, and Trevor (Wendy) of Bettendorf; also dad to Tony (Sheri) Gumley of Alaska and Paul (Joyce) Montgomery of Kansas; and numerous children from Ovaca Manor and Drewstown House, both in Ireland; 18 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons; sister, Shirley Bailey of New London; nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one grandson, Neil Williams; one brother, Russell who was killed in the European Theatre during WWII; one sister, Naomi James; and two brothers-in-law, Tim Bailey and Kenny James.
The funeral service for Wendell Williams will be 10:00 am Friday at Harmony Bible Church with Pastor Nathan Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, rural Danville. Visitation will begin at noon Thursday, at Elliott Chapel with the family present to greet friends from 5 - 7 PM.
A memorial has been established for Harmony Bible Church Mission Fund.
Dear Williams family, I'm sorry to hear of Wendell's passing. Thinking of you at this sad time. Ivan Dickson (ex Drewstown House School Pupil)
Dearest Williams Family. We are sad, so very sad to hear of Wendell's passing. But we are filled with confidence knowing that Wendell is with Jesus. Oh, how we miss you all and wish we could be with you for Wendell's memorial service. When I think of Wendell, two words come to mind, hope and encouragement. He knew and understood the power of words and how they could be used to encourage people. There were many times, before or after a church service when God used Wendell to speak words of encouragement to my heart. The wonderful poems he wrote overflowed with the hope and joy he had in Jesus. I thank God for this kind and generous man who loved people and loved the Lord with all his heart, soul, mind and strength. What precious memories we have of Wendell! We are praying and will continue to pray for each of you. Love, Leonard and Dwanna Schantz
Ella I aiso got to know this wonderful man. I also was with the family when he was going home What a blessing to me. love your family. love you lots
I worked out at Sunnybrook as a server in the kitchen and got the opportunity to meet and get to know some terrific individuals.....Wendell was no exception. He always told me stories about when he and Ruth worked as missionaries and their time in the church. And he loved drinking cranberry juice, so whenever I waited in them I always made sure I had a glass of it ready for them. My condolences go out to him and his wonderful family. Rest in peace Wendell.
I had the pleasure of meeting Wendell when my dad moved into Sunnybrook. Over the last year whenever he would be out and about we would visit. In the mornings when I would go out for breakfast I always made sure he had his first cup of coffee. To his family my sincere condolences. He was a pleasure to know, and I feel blessed to have gotten the opportunity to know him. May you rest in peace Wendell!