Ralph Vernon Williams of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in St. Clair on December 13, 2009, having reached the age of eighty years, three months and twelve days. Ralph was born in Charleston, MO on September 1, 1929, son of Ralph Williams and Lorenna Williams nee Stopher. On June 19, 1954, he was united in marriage to Joan Evelyn Decker and three sons came to bless this union.
Ralph is survived by his sons, Karl Williams of St. Clair, John M. Williams, known to most as Mike, and wife, Rachel, of Sauget, IL and Perry Williams and wife, Wendy, of Belleville, IL; by four grandchildren, Wesley Williams of Collinsville, IL, Matt Chronister, Shane Chronister and Mindy Schubert and husband, Nick, all of Belleville; by two great-grandchildren, Madyson and Jackson Schubert of Belleville; by brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends..
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Lorenna Williams; by his wife, Joan Williams; and by one sister, Loretta Griffith..
Ralph was a Christian, believing in the Lord as his Savior. He was proud to have served his country during the Korean War, entering August 24, 1954 and receiving his honorable discharge on August 8, 1956. During his working years, Ralph had worked as a police officer for the Village of Cahokia, retiring after twenty years of service. He was also a life member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Illinois Chapter. It was after his retirement that Ralph moved to the St. Clair area. He had enjoyed traveling in his motor home and spending time out doors. Fishing was one of his favorite pastimes, especially when his sons went with him. Above all else, Ralph was happiest when spending time with his family..
A devoted and loving father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him..
Private services were held at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair with the Rev. Don Covington officiating. Interment was at Midlawn Memorial Gardens, Union, MO. Memorials may be made to the St. Louis Chapter of Back Stoppers.