Joe Albert Williams passed away June 25, 2013, 14 days short of his 91st birthday.
Joe was born July 9, 1922, in Ridgeway, Ohio. Joe grew up on a farm just south of Willard. He attended Willard High School where he met and courted his future wife, Betty, a marriage that lasted 67 years until she died in 2010. The marriage produced two children, James, and Penne.
Joe, with the help of his father Albert Williams, built a home in Shelby, Ohio where the family lived until the mid 1980s. In 1959 Joe
built a cottage in Marblehead, which later became the family home for his retirement years. During the winter of 1958 Joe spent his
evenings precutting 80 percent of material for the cottage. At that time precut homes were almost nonexistent.
Joe spent his entire life working in the retail lumber business. He liked to say that he had only one job for his entire life which was
the lumber business. He retired in 1982 from Wickes Lumber Company, where he was a manager of one of their most successful stores.
Joe was very active in social and community activities. He was a past president of the Shelby Jaycees, a scout leader, member of the chamber of commerce, board member at his local Methodist church, a past president of the Shelby Country Club and past president of the West Harbor Shores Association. Professionally, he was past president of his area Retail Lumber Association. He belonged to the Rotary Club, Elks, Masons, American Legion, and Moose Lodge. His favorite hobbies were golf which he played into his 80s, boating, and carpentry.
He is survived by his son, James A. (Jan) Williams; daughter, Penne Coughlin; and grandson, Trevor Hodges; two stepgranddaughters, Doris Malinowski and Pam Hayden (Casey Hayden); two stepgreat-granddaughters, Riley and Reed Hayden.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane Williams.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at Neidecker-LeVeck & Grosser Funeral Home, 7755 E. Harbor Road, Marblehead.