Walter L. Williams, 74, of Cape Coral, passed away Sept. 13, 2012. He was born Feb. 15, 1938, in Peru, N.Y., to John R. and Florence (Clark) Williams. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, John and Wayne, and sister, Vivian.
He came to Lee County in 2000 from New Harford, N.Y. He was a member of the Cape Coral First United Methodist Church; was Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge in 1978 and 1979 in Plattsburg, N.Y.; the Kairous Prison Ministry; served in the U.S. Army for two years earning several awards; and retired from Municipal Lighting in Plattsburg, N.Y. When he was a small boy, he attended a one-room school house. He loved to fish, play practical jokes, work hard, make soup, cook, was a Golden Glove Boxer, enjoyed bowling and once bowled a 300 game.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 24 years, Coletta; his former wife, Phyllis Bettinger; children, Lucille Soule (Richard), Laurie Williams (Melanie DeFayette), Kirk Hatle`, Wayne Williams (Sandy) and James Williams (Scott Sayward); step-children, Kathleen S. DiRito, Barbara Ann DiRito, Barbara Ann DiRito, Carole Martin (Jerry), Deborah DiRito, Stacey Richards (Scott); grandchildren, Adam, Justin, Erin, Evan, Kirk, Kale and Michael; step-grandchildren, Ashley, Zachary, Devon and Grace Anna; three great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; brother, Paul Williams (Sue); sister, Carole Maxwell (William), Janice Baker (Joe) and Margaret MacQuarrie (Paul).
Walter L. William
There will be a visitation Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m., at Cape Coral First United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cape Coral First United Methodist Church, 4118 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral, FL 33904, or to the Elks National Foundation, 2750 N. Lakeview Ave., Chicago, IL 60614-2256.
The family is being assisted by Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.
Condolences may be left online at www.fortmyersmemorial.com.