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Aug 16, 2012 - Staff
James "Jim" Williams, 86, of Riverton, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.
Memorials services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the Davis Funeral Home. Pastor Mark Thurman will officiate. Military honors and graveside services will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
James Edward Williams was born March 25, 1926, in Walsenburg, Colo., to Albert Robert Williams and Ida Dell (Blake) Williams. He graduated from the Walsenburg High School.
He started serving in the U.S. Navy in May 1944 and was honorably discharged in May 1946. He served on the USS Frazier and the USS Dortch earning the Victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one star.
He married Dorothy Lingar on Nov. 8, 1948, in New Mexico. Together they had two sons, Howard "Buddy" Williams and James Williams Jr.
He then moved to Wyoming in 1948, working in the oil fields as a roughneck. Early in 1950 he went to work for the uranium industry, as an exploratory driller, in the Gas Hills until his retirement.
His family said he enjoyed taking care of his yard, repairing clocks and tinkering in his garage. He took special joy in his family and friends and was very proud of his grandsons, Jebadiah and Leonard.
He is survived by his sons, Howard F. "Buddy" Williams and his wife Debra and James E. Williams Jr., all of Riverton; his grandsons, Jebadiah and Leonard Williams of Riverton; sister Ida; and sister-in-law Barbara Williams of Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy; two granddaughters; and several brothers and one sister.
The family request that memorials be made to the Riverton VFW in care of Davis Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.