Richard (Dick) Williams, 85, passed away peacefully in the early morning of March 15, 2021 at the Libby Care Center after several years of failing health. Dick was born in upstate New York in the town of Allegany to William and Mary Williams. He was the oldest of a four children. He learned a great appreciation for the outdoors as a youngster where he enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and trapping. After high school graduation Dick worked for the State of New York Forestry Department. He next received his Forestry Degree from the Ranger School in Wanakena, New York, after which he returned to work for the State of New York. Dick served in the Army (1958-1960) where he was a member of the shooting team.
Dick met Judy Malanowski of Salamanca, New York and spent a couple years getting to know her. They were married on April 3, 1961 in Little Valley, New York. His career of 31 years with the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service took his family to Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Washington and Montana. He was an active member in his community including serving as a member of the Troy Television Board and as a member of the Troy Volunteer Ambulance for 34 years. Besides enjoying time with his family his other passions included reading, history, and aviation.
He is preceded in death by his parents William and Mary Williams, a sister Mary Oliver, daughter Sandra Patricia Williams and daughter Christine (Williams) Dirkes.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years Judy of Troy, MT; 7 children, Suzanne Mattson and husband Dave of Kalispell, MT; Michael Williams and wife Kim, Missoula, MT; Patricia Williams of Troy, MT; Julie Williams and husband Ralph Lotspeich of Naples, ID; Karen Cramer and husband Erin of Stayton, OR; James Williams and wife Melissa of Cedar Rapids, IA and Kathleen Williams and husband Michael of Four Lakes, WA; grandchildren Terri Mattson, Andrew Mattson, Steven Mattson of Kalispell, MT; Alex Cramer and Nolan Cramer of Stayton, OR; Caleb Williams and Tyler Williams of Cedar Rapids, IA; and Alexis Lennon of Four Lakes, WA; his brother James Williams of Pensacola, FL and his sister Judy Bryant of Perry, NY.
Rosary will be at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Troy. Mass of the Resurrection will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the church. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.
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