Warren Ralph Williams, age 91, a longtime Hoquiam resident, died on January 26, 2013, at his home in Hoquiam. Mr. Williams was born to Frank Ernest and Bessie Etta (Seal) Williams on April 23, 1921, on Finch Farms in South Aberdeen. During the Great Depression, he went with his family to numerous parts of the country to find work.
In his late teens and early twenties, he was a professional boxer known as “Speed”. On November 29, 1947, he and Genevieve Mae Muhlhauser were married. The couple made their home in Hoquiam. He had worked for Saginaw Shingle and later was a share holder for Hoquiam Plywood, from which he retired.
At the time of his death, Mr. Williams was the oldest living charter member of the New Beginnings Church. (Formerly Victory Tabernacle and Church of the Open Bible) He devoted his life to God and family. He was especially proud of being of service to others by preaching at the Union Gospel Mission and the Aberdeen City Jail.
Family members include two daughters, Maday Carter of Seattle, Wash. and Patsy Baldwin of Hoquiam; six grandchildren, Thomas Baldwin, Jr., Nikki Miller, Amy McCombs, Tanya Miller, Zachary Miller and Joshua Warren Baldwin; 11 great-grandchildren, Tiffani, Kaisha, Taylor, Aija, Michael, Justin, Trevin, Shay, Jared, Trace and Sage; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are dear friends, Naaman and Isabelle Riffe.
He was preceded in death by a brother and three sisters.
A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 3, 2013, at New Beginnings Church in Aberdeen. A private interment was at Hoquiam’s Sunset Memorial Park.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the New Beginnings Church.
Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the online guest register at www.colemanmortuary.net.