Garen Ray Williams

Friday, July 9, 2021

Garen Ray Williams, 73, of Nevada, Mo., passed away on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Garen was born on Jan. 15, 1948, in Fort Scott, Kan., to Ray L. and Lucy E. (Gentle) Williams. He met the love of his life, Janice Lou Daniels and they married on Sept. 25, 1971, in Deerfield, Mo., and she survives of the home.

Garen grew up in Fort Scott and graduated from Fort Scott High School Class of 1966. He served in the United States Navy from 1967–1971 and for two years was stationed in Hawaii and the Philippines along with two tours in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. After returning from his time in the U.S. Navy he worked for a time as a fireman at the Nevada Fire Department and later began working at 3M where he worked for 42 years retiring in 2017.

Garen loved going to car shows. He was an automotive enthusiast and was able to have two of his dream vehicles, a Corvette, and a Jeep. He volunteered at the Recycling Center in Nevada, was a founding member of the Nevada Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America Incorporated, and served as deacon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nevada from 1983-1988. Garen was known to be outgoing and friendly to everyone. He was a loving husband and father.

In addition to his wife Janice of the home, he is survived by one son, Corey Williams (Jessica Neville, Eli and Karyis), Joplin, Mo.; one sister, Helen Postel, Virginia Beach, Va.; a niece, Kris Stelzig, Norfolk, Va.; one nephew, Ross Postel, Houston, Texas; three cousins, and other extended family.

Committal services with Military Honors will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2021, at the National Cemetery in Fort Scott, Kan.

Memorials are suggested in his memory to St. Luke’s Hospital Cardiovascular ICU in care of Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

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