Bill E. Williams of Kamiah passed away after a short illness Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, with his family by his side. He was 83.
Bill was born the only son to Elmer and Lou Williams on Sept. 14, 1935. He joined sisters Betty and Dorothy.
Much of his life was spent in and around Kamiah. He graduated a proud Kub in 1955.
He met and married Joanne Bowles on Feb. 17, 1956. They had one daughter and two sons. They were later divorced.
Bill was very proud of the years he worked helping to build Dworshak Dam. He also painted and constructed many homes and commercial buildings.
Bill married Jackie Zentz in October 1979. That marriage also ended in divorce.
He was a lifetime Jaycee I. Senator and was very involved in the establishment of the Kamiah Medical Clinic.
In his final years he resided with his loving companion, Nancy Martin. They enjoyed going to yard sales and visiting the casino until her passing in 2013.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Betty Cole and Dorothy Jones.
Bill is survived by daughter Karla (Jerry), sons Doug (Vicky) and David (Rita). Also surviving are five grandchildren: Travis, Shelley, Trevor, Desiree and Dawnelle. He was especially fond of his five great-grandchildren: Jagger, Sawyer, Cooper, Morgan and Lavella.
Graveside services are planned for Saturday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. at the Kamiah Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will follow at Kamiah First Presbyterian Church.