On Saturday, March 6, 2021, Kenneth Lamar Williams passed away at age 74. Ken was born Oct. 10, 1946 in McMinnville, Oregon, but lived in Sheridan, Oregon, where he grew up with his parents, Alvin Lamar Williams and Helen (Mikkelsen) Williams. Ken graduated from Sheridan high school in 1964. He went on to serve in the Air Force Reserve, based in Portland, Oregon. After serving 16 months, his base was closed and he was honorably discharged. Shortly after, Ken went to work for his uncle Ted Williams at the Sheridan Shell station. A year later, on Nov. 25, 1967 he married Ann Marie Holstad, also from Sheridan. Ken worked for uncle Ted until 1968 and then went to college at Chemeketa Community college in Salem, Oregon. After graduating in 1970, with a degree in engineering, he went on to work for "Ma Bell" phone company for the better part of 35 years. During his career, Ken and Ann moved a handful of times between Eugene, Medford and Beaverton but would finally settle on a small farm in Canby, Oregon. As an avid outdoorsman, Ken always looked forward to his annual deer and elk hunting trips with family and friends. He enjoyed camping on his property near Crescent Lake and fishing the Columbia and Willamette River. He was probably best known for his humor and sometimes embarrassing stories that he loved to tell during work and family events. His friends and family could always count on an entertaining anecdote from him, during the next get-together. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Helen; and two sisters, Phyllis Bockes and Virginia Hayward. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ann; his sisters, Sarah Cox and Alene Peterson; his sons, Gregory (Angel), Grant (Stephanie) and Gary (Tia); his two grandchildren, Graden and Ayla; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
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