George H. Williams, Jr., 74, Bemidji, Minn. died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. The Celebration of Life service was held Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at First Presbyterian Church, Bemidji.
He was born Sept. 18, 1937, to George and Mary (Stuart) Williams in Brainerd, Minn. His family moved to Spencer, Ia. where he attended school. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1955, He married Linda Oleson May 10,1959, in the First Presbyterian Church, Estherville, Ia. They resided in Iowa City, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa. He also received the certificate of the School of Journalism. He was a former publisher of the Bemidji Pioneer newspaper and partnered in building the Bemidji Holiday Inn.
He is survived by his wife Linda; children; John (Trish) of Bemidji and Sue (Mike) Spaulding of Bemidji; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister Jean Papo (Michael Merwin) Canby, Ore. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, JoAnne; and son, George H. Williams III.