Soldotna resident Richard "Ric" Williams died Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 48.
A memorial service is tentatively planned for the end of June to allow travel time for family and friends.
Mr. Williams was born in Lake Charles, La., on Nov. 22, 1955. He came to Alaska in 1975 while serving with the U.S. Army. He met his wife, Karen, in 1976 and they moved to Soldotna in 1979. They married May 26, 1979, and raised four children.
Plans had been made to celebrate 25 years of marriage with a renewal of vows on May 26 in Soldotna. However, his illness forced a cancellation.
Mr. Williams' passions were his family, hunting and fishing. For the past 11 years, he worked for Frontier Business Systems.
"His knowledge of hunting and fishing brought everyone to him for advice," his family said. "His fun-loving, outgoing personality was enjoyed by all."
Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his mother, Marie, who died March 6.
He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughters, Catherine, Erinn and Kayla; son, Shaun; son-in-law, Richard; grandson, Damon; father, Richard Williams of Lincoln City, Ore.; sisters, Denise Sisson of Lincoln City, Nancy Snyder of Kenai and Debbie Estacio of Bakersfield, Calif.; brother, Bob Williams of Port Hadlock, Wash.; nieces, Lalanya and Leaha Snyder of Kenai; and many other relatives.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family at P.O. Box 3445, Soldotna, AK 99669 to set up a college fund for his daughter Kayla.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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