Ned C. Williams
Ned C. Williams
  • June 23, 1923 - December 22, 2017
  • Salt Lake City, Utah

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Obituary for Ned C. Williams
June 23, 1923 - December 22, 2017
The world lost a kind and gentle man when Ned Clawson Williams passed away peacefully on Friday, December 22, 2017 after an extended bout with Bladder Cancer. Ned was born in Salt Lake City to George Malin and Catherine Clawson Williams. He had a happy childhood and enjoyed playing Kick-the-can and Red Rover. At an early age Ned worked in his parent's store called Douglas Grocery. At 13 he was delivering groceries in the family truck. He attended East High School where he excelled in theatre and acting. He attended and graduated from the University of Utah where he continued acting and starred in several productions. Ned was motivated to join the Marines upon hearing that the Japanese had captured American soldiers, and the Marines were going to rescue them. He was on a ship to invade Japan when Truman dropped the atomic bomb. As a result, Ned was part of the occupation force in Fukuoka where he served for two years. There he befriended a Japanese family who had lost everything and was living in a hole in the ground with a piece of metal over their heads. Ned would bring them food as he could. They were deeply grateful for his kindness. Ned was known for his kindness. He was constantly seeking to help those less fortunate whether a homeless man in a drunken stupor or a widow who needed help with her wheel chair, Ned was beloved by those who knew him.
He married Helen Jean Covey after the war and raised 3 children. They later divorced. Ned was also married to Anita May, Thera Lou Johnson and Beverly Zimmerman. Though each of those marriages ended in divorce, there remained a strong affection and friendship with the families involved.
Ned's career experiences took him from salesman at Sears Roebuck, when its catalog was 2 inches thick, to owner of Heritage Realtors and later to Alpine School District where he worked with challenged students. After retirement, Ned enjoyed working as a crossing guard at St. Mary's Catholic School. He loved being with the little children.
Ned enjoyed fishing on Smith and Morehouse Reservoir up by Oakley, Utah. He loved to go up there with his sons and grandsons and nephews. Ned never used bait, but insisted on using lures, especially red and white daredevils. Smith and Morehouse is the birthplace of Sportsman's Breakfast, which is now a family tradition. It was born of the necessity of cooking a complete breakfast in one pan. So we would start with the bacon until there was plenty of grease in the pan, then throw in the hash browns. Finally, we'd break the eggs on top of that and mix it all together. Nothing tasted better!
Ned was also a devoted Ute fan. The family had season football tickets for several years, and Ned loved to go up to the stadium with his portable radio and earphones and sit and cheer the Utes. We enjoyed a family trip with him to the Fiesta Bowl in 2005 to watch the Utes beat Pittsburgh.
The past many years, Ned has lived at Brookdale Assisted Living in Salt Lake City where he has been treated like a celebrity; singing "God Bless America" on Veteran's Day dressed in his Marine Dress Blues. He was also privileged to fly on the Honor Flight for WWII veterans to see the WWII Memorial in Washington D. C.
The past 15 years were made brighter for Ned by the loving friendship of Marian Nielsen and her sons. They would see each other often and talk each day 2 or 3 times on the phone. Ned's family is very grateful to Marian for her kindness.
Ned is survived by his children, Jeffrey (Diane) Williams, Jeanne (Jim) Bosserman and David Williams, 8 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Funeral Services for Ned will be held at the Ensign Stake Center, 135 A ST East, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84102 on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Viewing will be from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Funeral at 11:00 am followed by internment at Salt Lake City Cemetery.
The Family wishes to express appreciation to the many dear friends at Brookdale and the mortal angels who cared for Ned including Nilsa, Bonnie and Karen at Brookdale and Becky and Kathleen at Summit Home Health and Hospice.