Funeral services for Wallace Kinneth “Wally” Williams, 92, of Owasso, were held Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Bethel Baptist Church in Owasso, OK. Reverend Bill Ascol officiated and burial was in Fort Gibson National Cemetery in Fort Gibson, OK. Casket bearers were Michael Phelps, Tommy Lee Gilbert, Jason Williams, Matthew Williams, Curt Rothrock and Matt Wheeler. Honorary casket bearers were Hudson Phelps, Caleb Williams, Eric Williams, and Kris Aebischer.
Wally was born February 3, 1925 in Darwin, OK to Elijah and Esther Williams. He passed away January 19, 2018 in Collinsville, OK.
Wally was a veteran of the US Army Air Corps serving in WWII. He as a Tail Gunner on a B-24 in the Pacific Theatre. He was awarded several medals for his service, including an air medal with three oak leave clusters, (meaning he had four air medals), the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (two bronze stars and one silver star), the Philippine Liberation Medal, Good Conduct Medal and WWII Victory Medal. He also received his Gunners Wings. Wally retired from the service as an E6 (Staff Sergeant). He was a carpenter and cabinet maker for most of his life. He liked to ride motorcycles, especially Harley’s and going hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed going fishing with grandsons and great-grandsons. Wally was a member of the Bass Club at Bethel Baptist Church, went elk hunting in Colorado with fellow church members, and was the last surviving charter member of the church.
He is survived by his daughter, Karen Aebischer and husband Barry of SC, Kerry Phelps and husband Rick of Owasso; sons, Stephen Williams of Tulsa, Phillip Williams and wife Patsy of Locust Grove and Paul Williams of Owasso; eight grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; brother, Gerald Williams; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Williams; son, Joel Williams; grandson, Jonathan Aebischer; sister, Verna Williams; and parents, Elijah and Esther Williams.