Ronald (Ron) Dee Williams went to be with his Savior on January 26, 2024. Born on November 1, 1937, Ron was 86 years old. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Judy (Nichols) Williams. Preceding him in death were his sons, Stephen and Wesley; his parents, Williard and Emilee Williams; and a sister, Virginia (Ginger) Gallipeau. Ron and Judy have two grandchildren: Jonathan and Emilee Rose, and three great-grandchildren: Jonathan Jr., Skysen, and Savanna. Other survivors include siblings Mick Williams of Hartsburg, MO, and Becky Quinn (Mike) of Jefferson City, MO.

Their 64-year marriage is a testament as they toughed it out together through the tragic losses of their sons. Many marriages do not survive such stress. It was beautiful to witness their final moments together. The Lord blessed Ron with strength for a couple of hours. He held and squeezed Judy’s hand and even gave her a wink. A few hours later he slipped peacefully away in his sleep. These are precious memories that will be cherished until they meet again.

Ron was a lifelong resident of the Ashland/Hartsburg area. He was a member of the Ashland Baptist Church. He was an Army veteran and served his country in Germany for three years soon after graduating high school. While in the army he drove a five-ton truck, and received awards for his driving skills. Ron worked as an over-the-road truck driver for most of his life, working for various companies. He eventually became an owner-operator and was a contract worker driving his own rig. At 69 years of age, he retired from driving 18-wheelers because of his health. He then worked part-time for P.E. Delivery Corporation delivering mail and Mid-America Isotopes, Inc., delivering pharmaceuticals.

Ron was outgoing and enjoyed visiting with his friends and making new ones. He was loved and will be missed by his family and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Ashland Baptist Church, 203 E. Broadway, Ashland, MO 65010. Ron and Judy have been contributing to an elevator fund to give older and disabled people the ability to navigate the different levels of the church building.

No funeral or memorial services are planned.