Leroy ‘Bud’ Williams, 81

Leroy Raymond “Bud” Williams, age 81, of Winsted, passed away peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, April 24 at 12:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, with visitation from 9 a.m. to noon at the church, prior to the Mass.Burial will take place at a later date.

Casket bearers include Ryan Mochinski, Benjamin Schmidt, Kayla Stifter, Matthew Williams, Noah Williams, Brandon Stifter, Samantha Bleck, and Tabatha Williams.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arrangements are with the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.

Leroy was born Jan. 13, 1936, the son of David and Lucille (Schmitt) Williams.

He served his country in the United States Army.

Bud was joined in marriage to Alice Vossen Oct. 7, 1961. They were blessed with 12 children – six girls and six boys.

Bud and Alice made their first home in Excelsior, before moving on to Chaska, Waconia, Mayer, Young America, and for the last 30 years, Winsted.

Bud worked for Lyman Lumber Company for 44 years, and retired in 1999. While working, Bud also farmed, raising beef cattle, pigs, and chickens. He enjoyed building utility sheds and volunteering in the community.

Bud was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and a strong supporter of Holy Trinity School.

He enjoyed spending time with family, playing cards with friends, and building with his boys.

Bud’s humble, honest, gentle ways live on in the members of his family; his legacy.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Alice; children Janet (Rick) Schmidt of Hutchinson, Joanne (Bruce) Haugen of Brownton, Mary Williams of Burnsville, Steve (Holly) Williams of Winsted, Bruce (Heidi) of Dassel, Donna (John) Stifter of Winsted, Craig (Carla) Williams of Lester Prairie, Scott (Stephanie) Williams of Winsted, Michelle (Norb) Kramer of Watkins, Mike Williams of Howard Lake, Joe Williams of Minnetonka, and Melissa Williams of San Diego, CA.

Bud is further survived by 29 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; siblings David (RoseAnn) Williams, Wallace (Cathleen) Williams, Paul (Judy) Williams, Barb (Darrel) Swanson, Shirley Mueller, Cindy (Fred) Notermann, Sr. Donna Williams, and Rosemary Williams; and many relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Lucille Williams; brother George Williams; sisters Mary Lou Leuthner, Betty Williams, Patricia Breeggemann, and Sister Jude Williams; brother and sister in law George (Pat) Williams; brother-in-law Michael Mueller; mother- and father-in-law Emily and Mathias Vossen; step-father-in-law Ambrose Janikula; brother-in-laws Robert Vossen and Paul Franzen; and grandson Nicholas Schmidt.

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