WILLIAMS, DAVID

David Lee Williams Villisca, Iowa Aug. 31, 1931-Aug. 26, 2019 David Lee Williams, almost 88 years of age, passed away August 26 at his home near Villisca, Iowa. David was born August 31, 1931 in Valley Township, Page County, one of four brothers, the son of Paul and Pauline Williams. He graduated from Villisca High School in 1949 after an award-winning track and field career. He was elected to the Iowa state office of Future Farmers of America. He continued running exploits at Iowa State University, where he lettered in track and cross country for three years, and graduated in 1953 with a degree in animal science. David married Corrine Christensen on August 3, 1953. From 1953-1955 he served in the U.S. Air Force. In 1955 David returned to the family farm where he and Corrine raised four sons and a daughter. He was a long-time board member of the Villisca Co-op, and then was elected to the board of Farmland Industries, where he served for 15 years. In 1990, he and Corrine were named the regional Environmental Stewardship Award winner by the National Cattlemen's Association. In his native Page County he was elected as a District Soil Commissioner for 15 years. From 1993-2002 he served on the Aldo Leopold Center's board. An ardent environmentalist, David was one of the principal organizers of the Iowa Environmental Council, and a recipient of the 2016 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture. He was a long-time youth and adult Sunday school teacher at the Villisca United Methodist Church, and balanced personal achievements with the needs of his community and the Midwest. His hobbies included traveling, hiking, reading, bicycling, and studying the natural world. Preceding him in death were his parents, wife Corrine, brothers Bob (Kathy) and Don (Sherry) Williams; brother-in-law Bob (Naomi) Christensen; sisters-in-law Jan (Berle) Decker and Diane (Keith) Messenger; and daughter-in-law Donna Williams. Surviving him are his children Stuart of Omaha, Nebraska, Bruce of Villisca, Iowa, Brian and his partner in life Nong of Omaha, Nebraska, Sarah and husband Steve Wilson of Ames, Iowa, and Steve and wife Wendi of Kerrville, Texas. Also his grandchildren: Tina, Jacob and Paula Williams; Abbey (Kevin) Mumford; Josh (Jillian) and Aaron Williams; John (Tish), Josiah (Megan), Jordan (Breanna) Fitzsimmons; Luke and Rebekah Wilson; Rachael, Jackson, Michaela, Tristen, Aidan, Faith, and Jedediah Williams; and step-grandchildren: Jamie (Jeff) Seehusen, Jessie (George) Wyman, Kyle (Julia) and Trevor Wilson. He is also survived by brother John (Janet) Williams and sister-in-law Shirley (Eldon) Herzberg. David was blessed with 10 great grandchildren as well. Visitation was held on Friday, August 30th at the Villisca Community Center from 5:00-8:00pm. A Celebration of Life service was held on Saturday, August 31st at 11:30 am at the Villisca United Methodist Church with a lunch following. Memorial donations may be given to Villisca EMT c/o Villisca City Hall, (712)829-2282 or The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State (515)294-3711 or the Wallace Foundation for Rural Research & Development (712)-769-2650.

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