Obit: Edward Williams


Edward L. Williams, 90, of Wilton, died on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 at Wilton Retirement Community.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 4 until 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wilton.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the church.

Burial will be in the Oakdale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Genesis Hospice VNA, Wilton Library or St. Mary’s Catholic Church in his memory.

Edward was born in Waverly on Feb. 2, 1928 to Lewis and Genevera (Woodring) Williams.

Ed graduated from Waverly High School in 1946. He served in the United States Navy from 1946 to 1948. He then graduated from Cornell College in Mount Vernon and received his master’s degree from the Iowa State Teachers College in 1963.

Ed married Marilyn Beeler in 1958. She preceded him in death in 1962. He later married Mary “Jerry” Jones on Dec. 28, 1964 in Fulton.

He taught social studies at Letts and Miles, where he later became principal. In 1969 the family moved to Wilton, where he was the high school principal for 22 years.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wilton Lions Club, Wahkonsa Country Club, Wilton American Legion and the Thursday Morning Men’s Club at Leland Smith Assisted Living.

Ed is survived by his wife Jerry of Wilton, son James (Cammi) Williams of Wilton, daughters Mary (Chris) Medjo Me Zengue of Westchester, Illinois and Jane (Steve) Owens of Wilton, nine grandchildren, his brother Anson Williams of Golden Valley, Minnesota and his sister-in-law Shirley Williams of Cedar Falls.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Marilyn and his brother Roger.