Raymond Lee Williams was born on December 31, 1946, to William John and Lydia Rose Bessel Williams in Ashtabula, Ohio. He passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at the Pella Regional Health Center at the age of sixty-five.
On April 2, 1966, Ray was united in marriage with Barbara Lee Riffle in Saybrook, Ohio. To this union three children were born: Ty Andrew, Raymond Lee II, and Tracy Ann. The family lived in Geneva, Ohio, and Streamwood, Illinois, prior to moving to Pella.
On January 17, 1966, Ray joined the United States Army. He served with the 101st Airborne Rangers in Vietnam 1967-68. While serving he received a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. After completing his tour in Vietnam, he was stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland as Staff Sgt. E6 and was discharged on January 18, 1969.
Ray was the North American Sales Manager for Stober Drives, Inc. which manufactured power transmissions. He was employed with the company for twenty years and was set to retire December 31st, 2012. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Pella; his children: Ty (Tricia) Williams of Pella, and Tracy Ann (Paul) Luce of Sun City, Arizona; his grandchildren: Sierra Jordan Williams, Savannah Jade Williams, Saylor Jace Williams, Treyson Andrew Williams, and Sage Kasmera Luce; brother, William John (Jane) Williams Jr.; sisters Rosemary (Walter) Asuma and Donna Jean (Phillip) Adams; nieces and nephews: John (Renee) Williams, Jason (Diane) Williams, Lisa Asuma-Riley, Holly (Randy) Benski, and Heidi (Jeremey) Verdi.
Ray was preceded in death by: his parents, William and Lydia Williams; son, Raymond Lee Williams II; father-in-law, Warren Riffle; and nephew, Richard Lee Asuma.
Funeral services were held Saturday evening, December 22, 2012, at the Garden Chapel Funeral Home. Inurnment took place at the t’Lam Cemetery near Pella, Iowa, with Military Rites by American Legion Post #89.