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Neil Williams, 90, Sidney, MT

 


Funeral services for Neil Williams, 90, Sidney, MT are 2 p.m., Friday, May 28, 2021, at Peoples Congregational Church, Sidney, MT with Nathan Williams officiating. Interment with Military Honors provided by Montana Honor Guard and V.F.W. Post #4099, Sidney, MT in Sidney Cemetery, Sidney, MT under the care of Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home, Sidney, MT. Remembrances, condolences and pictures may be shared with the family at http://www.fulkersons.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Sidney Seniors, 813 3rd St NE, Sidney, MT 59270 if anyone wishes to do so.

Neil Russell Williams, 90, died peacefully, surrounded by many members of his loving family on Friday, May 21, 2021 at Sidney Health Center, Sidney, MT.

Neil was born on Nov. 11, 1930 to Roy and Margaret (Amundson) Williams, Beach, ND. He lived with his family in Trotters, ND area until he was nine and attended several country schools and had to board with neighbors during the winter months, even at such a young age. In 1939, he moved with his parents and two younger brothers to Gossett Community and attended Gossett School until the 8th grade and then he went to Sidney High School.

Neil enlisted in the United States Air Force on Dec. 27, 1950 and served at bases in Ohio and Alaska. He was honorably discharged on March 25, 1954 due to the hardship of his dad having severe heart problems and he had to return home to help on the farm.

In the fall of 1954, Neil enrolled in Eastern Montana College, Billings, MT, where he met the love of his life at a dance class. After a whirlwind romance, Joann Bren proudly became his wife on Dec. 11, 1955.

Neil and Joann made their home in Glendive and Sidney throughout the years, until moving to Sidney in 1964, where they have resided since. Their close-knit family included one daughter and three sons, all residing in Sidney.

Neil had various jobs throughout his life, including owning a dump-truck, working construction, farming on the family farms, land leveling, owning a seismograph company (Siz-Fill) and drove for Transystems for 15 years.

Neil was a member of Lonsdale Methodist Church and later People’s Congregational Church. He was also a member of the VFW, Moose Lodge and Sidney Senior Center.

Even though Neil was a “home-body”, he thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially if there was a card game to participate in! In later years, they really looked forward to their weekly card games at Sidney Senior Center. He also enjoyed his “new” friends and card games at The Lodge where he resided since Jan. 2020. Neil was also an avid gardener and loved sharing its’ bounty as well as keeping track of his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids and their activities.

Neil is survived by his children, Kathy (Rocky) Obergfell, Terry (Luanne) Williams, Curt Williams, David (Colleen) Williams, all of Sidney; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grand-children; great great granddaughter, Juniper Dawn Pulley; brothers Lyle (Marilyn) Williams, Clinton, IA and Keith (Marika) Williams, Portland, OR; sister-in-law Darlene Gardner, Great Falls, MT and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Joann; parents, Roy and Margaret, in-laws Joe and Dorothy Bren, brother-in-law, Chuck Gardner, and sister and brother-in-law Bernice and Mahlon Whipperman.

 

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