Jon K. Williams

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died December 2nd, 2019

Jon K. Williams, 68, of Escanaba, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 2, 2019 following some lingering health issues.

He was born on September 5, 1951 in Detroit, son of John and Evelyn (Lenhart) Williams.  As a child, his family moved to California for a number of years before returning to Detroit.  Jon graduated in 1970 from Lincoln High School in Warren, MI. He moved to Escanaba in his later 20’s.

Jon worked a variety of jobs over the years including the Community Action Agency, Walmart in Iron Mountain. He was very proud of his years as a counselor for Three Fires Halfway house until their closure and later as security for the Island Resort and Casino.  He loved his years working for Hannahville where he met so many friends.

Jon had a love for the outdoors and spiritually found peace while out in the woods hunting or trout fishing.  He enjoyed camping and taught his sons while they were young how to fish and shared his love for nature with them.  One of his favorite hobbies was archery. His Labradors were his life and he had a great love for them.

Among survivors include his three sons, Kenneth Root of Howell, MI, Jason Williams of Escanaba and Luke (Krista) Williams of Gladstone; four grandchildren, Christopher and Katie Root, Curran Williams and Lydia Williams; brother, Bill (Nancy) Krussell of Detroit; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Krussell; sister, Bonnie Waddingham; and nieces, Evy Penley and Patti Krussell-Denomme.

In keeping with Jon’s wishes, private services will be held at a later date.

The Williams family would like to thank the Richard and Sheryl Houle family for their years of friendship and support to Jon.

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3 Tributes to “Jon K. Williams”

  1. I’ve got to know Jon from working at the Casino. Loved working with him, such a good man and he always spoke about his children, including his babies “Doggies”! I will miss that warm welcoming smile on his face. My condolences to Jon’s family…

  2. Jason, Luke and family, please accept my sincere condolences. I think I was 15/16 when I met your dad. His road wasn’t always easy but he came out on top! Rest in peace my friend.

  3. I am so sorry to hear of Jon’s passing. I worked with him for years, and had many discussions with him, many of which involved his children, and his Labs. Jon was a giving, sweet, thoughtful man. He was kind, and willing to help anyone. He was a proud father, and I remember him showing me a newspaper photo of a son’s wedding, which he was incredibly excited about. He thoughtfully loaned me a book of caring for Labs when I acquired one, and he would generously share some of his lunch with me on occasion (the good part.. Little Debbies treats!) I will miss his smile the most, and am glad to have had him as a friend.

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