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Obituary for Don David Williams

Don David Williams, born June 5, 1922, passed away May 17, 2017 at Bellevue Hospital in Nebraska,

The only son of four children born to Evelyn and Sherman Williams, he was raised in the small resort town of Russells Point, Ohio. In his youth, Don ran the Loop-O Plane and Bumper Cars at the local amusement park and also worked for the railroad until he joined the Army Air Force at age 22. During WWII, Don flew the B24 as a part of the 376th Bombardment Group and was shot down over Austria on Christmas Eve, 1944. He remained a POW until the end of the war. After his release, he returned to his home town and opened his own airport. He flew passengers and freight and ran a flight school. Don met the love of his life, Lois 'Marilyn' Moots through her brother, Carl, one of Don's flying students.

Don and Marilyn were married on October 11, 1949. Don continued his aviation career in Cleveland and then Chicago with American Airlines and retired as a Captain on the DC10 on Memorial Day, 1982. He is a member of the Quiet Birdmen and The Grey Eagles. In retirement, Don and Marilyn moved between Chicago and Jensen Beach, Florida. They continued this until 2016 when they moved to Papillion, Nebraska to be near family.

In their life together, they had three daughters: Aaris (David) Leahy, Libertyville, IL; Robin (Jim) Anderson, Papillion, NE; Amy (Ken) Kliesner, Wichita, KS. They were blessed with eight grandchildren: Samantha (Campbell) Steele, Matt (Anne) Leahy, Erin (Alan) Grubb, Lucas Anderson, Chelsea (Casey) Kettler, Aaris (Matthew) Nespor, Ryan Kliesner and Patrick Kliesner and eight great grandchildren, Mac, Soran, Augie and Mary Jane Leahy, Sam Grant and Kate Anderson and Charlie and Henry Steele.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Grace and Helen, his sister-in-law, Kathleen Moots, five brothers-in-law Max Needles, Chuck Haney, Tim Kirkendall, Carl Moots and Ray Moots, his niece Nancy Lutz, and nephew Phil Needles.

His beloved wife, Marilyn still lives in their home in Nebraska. He is also survived by his youngest sister, Anne Kirkendall of Merritt Island, FL and Marilyn's sister, Imogene Moots of Bellefontaine, OH. Don has many nieces and nephews living around the country who had a special place in his heart. He will be missed.

Funeral services will begin at 1 pm, Saturday May 27, 2017 at Shoffstall Funeral Home, 205 S. Main Street, Lakeview, OH with visitation from 11 am - 1 pm. Burial follows at Huntsville Cemetery.

Local arrangements are in the care of Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview. Condolences may be expressed at

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11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Shoffstall Funeral Home - South Chapel

205 South Main Street
PO Box 477
Lakeview, OH 43331





1:00 PM
Shoffstall Funeral Home - South Chapel

205 South Main Street
PO Box 477
Lakeview, OH 43331

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Huntsville Cemetery

3691 County Road 37W
Huntsville, OH 43324


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