Charles Harold Williams, 87, of Huron and formerly of Berlin Heights, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2006, in St. Vincent's Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, after a brief illness.
He was born Dec. 28, 1918. A native of Statesville, N.C., Mr. Williams retired from Ford Motor Co., Lorain, in 1980, where he served as a maintenance man for 20 years.
He was a proud veteran of WW II. He served under Patton in the 9th Infantry through Casablanca, Morocco; Tunisia, Oran, Algeria; Palermo and Messina, Sicily. He then shipped to England, where he trained for the Normandy Invasion, landed on Omaha Beach, fought across France and Belgium, defended Rumagan Bridge, battled across Germany to within 30 miles of Berlin and fought his last battle at Cothen where the war ended. For his service he was awarded a Silver Star, a Good Conduct Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation, the WWII Victory Medal, an Army Of Occupation Medal, an Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII, and a Driver and Mechanic Badge.
Mr. Williams was a Master Mason and member of Ely Masonic Lodge in Vermilion, UAW Local 425, and VFW Post 7576 in Vermilion. He attended Lakeshore Community Church in Huron.
After retirement he and his wife spent many years on the road seeing America by motorhome and motorcycle, but he loved Lake Erie and spent his best days waterskiing and fishing with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Louise (Paine) Williams; son, Don of Statesville, N.C.; and daughters, Shirley (Paul) Decker of Sandusky and Laura (Gary) Hengstler of Reno, Nev.; numerous stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret Miller of Rochelle, Va., and Catherine Cornelius of Statesville, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Eva (Jackson) Williams; one sister, Mary; and four brothers, Frank, James, Roy, Eugene and Joe.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Hinman-Tanner Funeral Home, 38 South St., Berlin Heights, where services will be 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Matthew Brenton and the Rev. Pat McWhorter of Lakeshore Community Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Meadow Green Memorial Park near Huron. Military rites will be conducted by Vermilion Veterans Council.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lakeshore Community Church, 539 Cleveland Road W., Huron, OH 44839.
Condolences may be made at www.hinmantannerfh.com