John Williams

CRYSTAL FALLS – John Robert “Jack” Williams, 72, of Crystal Falls, died peacefully Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Unity Hospice in Green Bay, Wis., after a courageous 10-year battle with Lymphoma.

Jack was born in La Crosse, Wis., on Dec. 14, 1941, to Robert and Marie (Eden) Williams. After surviving polio as a youth, Jack grew up strong on the family farm in La Crescent Township. On April 8, 1961, Jack married the girl next door, Clydene Meindel. For 26 years Jack and Clyde lived in La Crescent Township and raised three children, where Jack was employed by the former Cooler Co. and operated his own HVAC repair business.

In 1986, Jack moved to Green Bay and was fortunate to work for U.S. Oil (Design Air Division). He moved to his beloved Swan Lake in the U.P. of Michigan in 1998 and retired from Design Air in 2004. Not long after retirement his battle began, and he faced his challenges with strength and dignity.

Jack loved his family, he liked to laugh and tell stories, really enjoyed a good game of cards, cribbage and horseshoes, and he loved playing golf with his pals in Crystal Falls.

Jack is survived by his wife, Clydene and three children, Kim (Keith) Grimes and Kari (Wayne) Dugas, both of Temple, N.H., and John (Kelly) of Suamico, Wis.; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Sue Williams, Carol Jorgenson, Alice (Gene) Radtke, Cheryl (Terry) Peterson, Mary Papenfuss, and Kathy Williams; in-laws, Arlene (Mike) Burns, Kay (Larry) Schweizer, Sandy (Bob) Klusmeyer, Alan (Candy) Meindel, and Donny Meindel.

Jack was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy; his parents, Robert and Marie; his parents-in-law; and two brothers-in-law, Archie Jorgenson and Mike Papenfuss.

Visitation will be held Monday, March 31, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in the Village of Howard, Wis. (2597 Glendale Avenue) from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon at the church with the Rev. John Bergstadt officiating.

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The family would like to recognize and extend great thanks to Dr. John Loewen of Niagara/Iron Mountain for his personal and attentive care, to Green Bay Oncology, and Dr. Brian Burnette for the continuation opportunities afforded to Jack’s life and to Unity Hospice for their love through the transition.