Joseph Franklin WILLIAMS


Joseph Franklin

Joseph (Joe) Williams passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the age of 95 years. Born in Hughendon Alberta on July 27, 1917 to Lewis and Eula Williams, he was the second of five children. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Fern and brother Jack. His passing leaves a void in the hearts and lives of his children, grandchildren and their families – sons, Terry, Jack (Deborah), and Joe (Debbie), as well as daughters Mary Jo Gerlach (David), Fern Decaire (Michael), Selena Pannell (Duane), Mavie Williams (Joe Milne), Carol Morton (Ardel), Shannon Stratton (Paul Cyr), and Charlene Michelko (Ben). Also mourning his loss are his sisters Theda Farrell of Victoria, and Lois Swan (Wilbert) of Edmonton, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Joe left the farm at age 18 to join the army where he was assigned duties across the country with the military police. After his discharge, he spent many more years in law enforcement with police services in Ontario, British Columbia, and with Alberta Fish & Wildlife. Always an avid hunter, sportsman and accomplished horseman, his retirement from the Fish and Wildlife Department gave him the opportunity to breed and raise horses, successfully participating in horse shows, gymkhanas, and horse racing. Joe continued with this when he moved to the Fenn area south east of Stettler in the early 70s, eventually giving up the last of his horses and moving into Erskine in 1995. Here began a whole new phase of his life, enjoying his large well kept yard , and the many birds that took up residence every summer in the numerous birdhouses he set up around his property. He left Erskine in 2009, but for many years before that was a well known sight around Stettler in his trademark cowboy hat driving his silver Toyota truck. He could be found most every morning at 7am sharp at the A&W with a coffee, bacon & egger and Edmonton Sun. We will celebrate our dear Dad and his remarkable life on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter – Day Saints in Stettler, Alberta at 1:00 P.M. All wishing to remember and honor Joe Williams are welcome. The interment in the Bulwark Cemetery will follow the reception. As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Joe, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services who have been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403.742.3315 Condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting our website at

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