November 26, 1944 ~ October 11, 2017
John Williams passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 with his children at his side.
John was born on November 26, 1944 in Fargo, North Dakota to Fred and Helen (Fredrikson) Williams. John grew up in Arthur, North Dakota and graduated from Arthur High School in 1962. He was active in sports, American Legion Baseball and Boys State.
John attended the University of North Dakota, graduating in 1966 with a degree in Business and Public Administration. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Golden Feather and Army ROTC where John was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant. John enrolled in the University of North Dakota School of Law, but left to join the U.S. Army where he served two years with one year in Vietnam. While in Vietnam he was awarded the Bronze Star.
John was united in marriage to Peggy Daniels on April 9, 1969 in Virginia.
After working in Minneapolis, John returned to Arthur in 1974.
John was managing partner of Williams Farms, Director and Vice President of The Arthur Mercantile, First State Bank of North Dakota and First Financial Corporation. He was also Director of Agri Valley Insurance Agency and First State Agency of LaMoure.
John was a member of Arthur United Methodist Church, Methodist Church Board of Trustees, American Legion, Arthur Volunteer Fire Department, Arthur Lions Club, and The Community Development Corporation.
John is survived by his wife, Peggy, his son, Fred John III (Megan), his daughter, Jennifer Williams (Rob Parker) and his sister, Julie Barner.
He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Bobby Daniels (Lynn) and sister-in-law, Betty Daniels, grandchildren, Tyler, Jett, Kruger, Emilyn, Fredrik, niece, Jessica Alsop, nephews, Erik Barner and Robbie Daniels, cousins and friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Michael Barner.
John’s family’s wishes were to have memorials preferred in lieu of flowers to the Arthur United Methodist Church, 155 3rd Ave, Arthur, ND 58006, or to the Charity of your choice.
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