Gary R. Williams, 58, took the final step of his journey and joined his Heavenly Father on Sept. 21, 2013 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.
Gary was born in Lakeview on Feb. 6, 1955 to Gene and Juanita Williams. He spent his entire life working, playing and enjoying time with his family in Lake County. He began his career as a sawfiler at Fremont Sawmill when he was in his senior year of high school. He continued to work for the Collins Family for 40 years in Lakeview and Paisley until the day his journey here ended.
Gary met his wife, Michele Hamar, at Lakeview Assembly of God Church in 1978. They married on Nov. 10, 1979 in Lakeview where they started their family. In 1988 Gary’s family moved to Paisley where they lived for eight years and then returned to Lakeview.
Gary was a faithful servant of Jesus Christ from the time he was a small child. He loved the Lord and served Him as a Sunday School teacher, Deacon, musician and in many other capacities. When he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October 2011, he became very focused on telling others about Jesus. He was often used by God to reach out to others in airports, hospitals and his workplace to pray for those in need.
Gary was a devoted outdoors-man and enjoyed archery hunting, fly fishing, skiing and riding his 4-wheeler. He loved the high desert and sharing experiences with his children and grandchildren.
Gary was preceded in death by his mother Juanita Williams; grandparents Ollie and Ruth Williams and Bob and Hazel Thrash.
He is survived by his wife Michele Williams; father Gene Williams; son and daughter-in-law Michael and Hannah Williams; daughter and son-in-law Kristin and Jon Havel; brother Tommy Williams; sister Becky Williams; grandchildren Haley and Ryan Havel and Lexi Williams; nephews and wives Greg and Julie Williams, Steve and Amy Williams; great nieces Allie, Sarah and Emma Williams.
Contributions in memory of Gary Williams may be made to Lakeview Assembly of God Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Ousley Osterman Huffstutter Funeral Chapel hadcharge of the arrangements.