Richard Vernon Williams, age 69, passed away with family by his side at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 25th, 2018. Funeral service will be held Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cavalier American Legion. Visitation for one hour before the time of services.
Rick was born on April 11th, 1949 to Vernon and Florence (Christianson) Williams. He resided in Neche, ND, where he graduated from High School in 1967 and then earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education at the University of North Dakota.
Rick was united in marriage to Linda Gainer on June 15th, 1969. They lived in Grand forks, ND and then made their home in Crystal, ND for 13 years where they raised their two children. Rick first taught school and then worked for Olson Fertilizer and Hensel Farmers Elevator. In 1985 they moved to Cavalier, ND and he continued to work at the grain elevator under Cenex Harvest States. Rick enjoyed the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and especially getting to know and love his heavenly Father through reading his Bible, prayer, hearing the spoken word and entering into fellowship with others.
In addition to his parents, Rick was preceded in death by their infant daughter Tamara, father-in-law Harold Gainer, and brother-in-law Earl Dick. He is survived by his wife Linda, daughter Angela Williams, West Palm Beach, FL, son Brent (Jill) Williams, West Fargo, ND granddaughter Madisen Williams, grandsons Seth, Benjamin, Isaac, and Ethan Williams, three brothers Ronald (Shirley) Williams, Mark (Vicki) Williams, Scott Williams (Taylor Hintz); six sisters; Patty Dick, Zona (Russell) Kihne, Karen (Clayton) Romfo, Lori (Ray) Lagerquist, Lois (Paul) Soland, Lisa Mastvelton (Dan Mehlhoff) step-mother Leona Williams, mother-in-law Mae Gainer, sister-in-law Lorna (Wayne) Ratchenski and many nieces and nephews, as well as extended family and special friends Doug and Michelle Johnson.