James H. "Jim" Williams
James Hollingsworth Williams went home to be with our Lord on February 17th, 2017. Beloved bridge partner and wife of the past 66 years, Shirley (Miller), along with four children, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren, rejoice in his loving, caring and giving spirit. He left foot prints on the hearts of his children: Debi Hensley (John) of Overland Park, KS; Scott Williams of Topeka, KS; Shari Hoy (Jim) of Fort Lauderdale, FL; and Steve Williams (Ann) of Manhattan, KS. They remember a father who cared not only about his family, but about the Manhattan community he lived in and the church in which he rejoiced in his faith, St. Luke's Lutheran Church. His adventurous spirit will be passed on to his eight grandchildren: Michael Williams, Adam Hensley (Helen), Lauren Jarrell (Greg), Whitney Rashid (David), Bryce Williams, Ryan Williams, Evan Williams and Lily Hoy. His four great grandchildren: Jack and Emma Hensley, Olivia Jarrell and Mia Rashid have been the recent family members blessed with the hugs and love of their great Grandpa. Jim is preceded in death by his parents James H. and Jean I. (Hollingsworth) Williams, and sisters Betty Thomas and Margaret Miller. He is survived by their spouses Mickey Thomas of Osceola, IA, and Harvey Miller of Montrose, CO and six nieces.
A native Midwesterner, born in Barnston, Nebraska. He spent his early years in Nebraska, graduating from Norfolk High School in 1947. With a degree in Agronomy, he graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1951 and was an active member of the AGR fraternity. After college he served in the Navy Reserves. Shortly after graduating he married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Mae (Miller), on July 8th, 1951. He went into business with his father at Superior Seed and Supply in Norfolk, Nebraska and eventually started his own fertilizer company, Superior Soil Service. In 1968 he moved his family to western Kansas where he pursued a career in heavy equipment sales. He moved to Manhattan, Kansas in 1977 and with his strong entrepreneurial spirit started his own business in 1983, Homestead Rental and later Furniture Warehouse to which his son Steve now owns. For the past 48 years, Jim has been a proud Kansan celebrating the rich history and local community in which he lived. He proudly served as Riley County Commissioner from 1993-2001. With his wife, he has always been very active in their church. His children will be ever thankful for the spirit of adventure they inherited from their father, who provided the family with summer vacations wondering around the greater Northern and Midwestern states in a camper. You can bet there was always a fishing rod packed. Jim was not only a beloved Christian "Fisher of Men," but also a patient fisherman. He had a work ethic to beat none and no job was beneath him. When he wasn't selling equipment or antique hunting, he would be tinkering in his workshop. His passions and work ethics have been passed down to his children and grandchildren. We will love him forever, celebrate his spirit always and miss him daily! The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the nurses and caretakers of Meadowlark for their tender and loving care of their dad during the last months of his life on earth.
The family will receive friends during a visitation from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. Monday,
February 20, 2017, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.
Memorial Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 330 Sunset Avenue in Manhattan with Reverend Michael Schmidt officiating. There will be a lunch immediately following the memorial service at the church. Inurnment services will follow the lunch at the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.
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In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established at the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church for outreach through new exterior digital signage. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.