Walter Williams, 80, of Waterloo, IL, died January 13, 2021, in St. Louis, MO. He was born September 20, 1940, in Paducah, KY.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Margaret “Ellen” Stahlschmidt Williams; three children: Lisa (Randy) Osterhage of Waterloo, IL, Kelly (Larry) Housman of Paducah, KY, and James (Lisa) Williams of Kirkwood, MO; seven grandchildren: Eric (Michelle) Housman of Paducah, KY, Alecia (Kevin) Decker of Waterloo, IL, Rebecca (Frank) Strasser of Louisville, KY, Jessica Williams of Bolivar, MO, Alexandra (Zachary) Gilles of Lexington, KY, Jacob Williams of Kirkwood, MO, and Elizabeth Housman of Paducah, KY; one great granddaughter, Stella Housman of Paducah, KY; brother: Gary Williams of Paducah, KY; sisters: Jan (Ed) Creagh of Rock Hill, SC, Sue (Martin) Operle, and Sherry (John) Fuqua both of Paducah, KY; brother-in-laws: Joe(Jane) Stahlschmidt of Columbia, IL and Bob (Cheryl) Stahlschmidt of Dupo, IL; sister-in-laws: Mary Ann Wolf of Waterloo, IL and Betty (Ken) Bailey of Millstadt, IL; nieces; nephews; and cousins.
Walter is preceded in death by his parents Thomas & Mary Belle (nee Hopson) Williams; brother Gerald Williams; father-in-law Eugene & Christine Stahlschmidt; sister-in-law Barbara Patterson; & brother-in-law Nelson Wolf.
He was hired on at General Motors in 1958 at the Fischer Body Plant in St. Louis. In 1976, he was appointed to the United Auto Workers International Staff and retired in 2001 as the Director of Retirees.
He loved spending time with all of his family and friends, playing golf, and spending time at the lake.
As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to:
Alzheimer’s Association Research
PO Box 96011
Washington, DC 20090-6011
St. Jude Hospital
501 St. Jude Pl.
Memphis, TN 38105
Please list Walter Williams on the memo line.
Services to be held at a later date.