Ronald Patrick Williams, 74, Minot, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 12, in a Minot hospital.
Ron was born on March 17, 1939, in Westhope. He often recounted happy memories of his childhood spent with family, friends, and his summers at Grandma and Grandpa Anderson's farm. He entered the Navy at the age of 17, where he proudly served four years, culminating in an honorable discharge, and his service proved to be a formative event in his life, providing a wealth of new experiences and world travel. He happily returned to his home state of North Dakota and began a lifelong residence in Minot.
He married Audrey Scherr in 1965 and together they lovingly raised three children. He cherished fatherhood and expressed immense pride in his family. He worked for a variety of businesses in Minot, including: Murphy Finance, Montgomery Ward, Berg Homes, Kentucky Fried Chicken, JC Penny and regional oil drilling rigs. He eventually found his preferred career in auto sales, which he loved because he delighted in getting to know new people, developing friendships with his customers and talking with friends in the community. Over the course of his career, Ron worked at Don Bessette Motors, Fisher Motors and Ryan Cheverolet. He retired in 2004 to spend his time doting on his four grandchildren, touting the accomplishments of his children, and visiting with friends.
He was a member of the Moose lodge, the Elks lodge, the American Legion, and the Eagles Aerie, all in Minot. He loved hunting and bowling in his younger years and eventually developed a love for golf. He was an avid, albeit disappointed, Minnesota Vikings fan. He enjoyed driving through the countryside to observe wildlife and delight in the beautiful views. Most of all, he cherished time spent visiting with friends and family.
Ron's surviving family includes: wife, Audrey (Scherr), Minot; daughter, Renda Bailey (Ed), of Charlotte, N.C.; son, Rodney Williams (Gabby), grandchildren, Genesis, 4, and Gemma, 1, Santa Ana, Calif.; son, Barry Williams (LaNae), grandchildren, Ian, 12, and Brielle, 8, East Lansing, Mich.; daughter, Renell Wilson (Halcro), Kalispell, Mont.; siblings, brother, Randy Williams (Mamie), Minot, Rick Williams, Rapid City, S.D., and Ken Bjorhus, Kelso, Wash. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Leona Williams; sister, Darla Kennedy; infant brother, Rodney Williams; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Francis and Peter Scherr, sisters-in-law, Genell Williams and Mary Duchscherer; and brothers-in-law, Tony Scherr and Kenny Scherr.
Funeral: Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 10:30 a.m., at First Lutheran Church in Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Monday, Dec. 16, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
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