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Richard Williams 01/25/2018

Richard “Dick” Williams, age 70, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018 at United Hospital, St Paul where he had been a patient the last month.
Dick was born on March 20, 1947 in Amery, Wisconsin to Harold and Edith Williams of Centuria, Wisconsin. He graduated from Unity High School in 1965, and later served in the U.S. Air Force.
He married Gayle Quist on July 8, 1967. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and worked for 3M in St. Paul for 34 years. During this time, he traveled throughout the United States.
He was a member of the River Falls Sportsman club where he held various offices. He enjoyed spending time with his family as well as hunting, fishing, trap shooting, and golf. Dick particularly liked watching the Green Bay Packers. He had a large personality and was often the “life of the party”.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Ronald. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Gayle; 3 daughters all of River Falls, Kelly (Ryan) Schumacher, Kerry (Schon) Swick, Michelle (Jeramie) Dixon; 7 grandchildren Karlyn Schumacher, Evan Schumacher, Savanna Lombard, Logan Lombard, Sam Swick, Natalie Swick, Wyatt Dixon; brother, Kenny (Shirley) Williams of New Richmond, WI, brother-in-law, Jay (Heidi) Quist of Lindstrom, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Saturday, February 10 at Luther Memorial Church (420 S 4th St, River Falls, WI 54022) with visitation two hours prior to service with a meal to follow. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.


  • Scott and Linda Donnelly Posted January 27, 2018 3:34 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss! We will pray for you at this tough time in your lives!

  • Joe Campolo Jr Posted January 29, 2018 1:50 pm

    “Willy” and I became friends when we were both stationed at Grand Forks, Air Force Base, North Dakota back in 1968. Willy was a great guy; our whole family is saddened by his passing. Condolences to Gayle, kids and grand kids.

  • Amy Janovec Posted January 30, 2018 12:16 am


    So sorry for your loss. Sending you prayers and love to everyone in your family.
    May the memories of Dick and his love comfort you during this time.
    God bless

  • Dixie Johnson Posted January 30, 2018 2:50 am

    My condolences to all who start the grief journey because of connections made through this mans life. May you be blessed with kindness, may God heal your sadness, may God bring you peace during this part of your journey.

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