MITCHELL Jack E. Williams, 71, Mitchell, passed away at 3:15 a.m. Sunday, November 23, 2008, at his home.
Born November 26, 1936, in Cloverdale, he was the son of Rubert O. and Dorothy E. (Duggins) Williams. He married Judith Ann Chastain February 4, 1956 in Chicago.
Jack and his sister, Jenny, and their parents moved to Mitchell in 1943. Jack was active in football and baseball at Mitchell High School and graduated in 1954. He entered Indiana State Teachers College in the fall of 1956 and graduated in 1960 with a B. A. degree in Business Administration. He and Judith moved to Franklin, Pennsylvania before receiving Jack’s induction notice into the Army.
Drafted in 1960, Jack was stationed in St. Louis and was discharged from the Army in 1962. He then embarked on a career in manufacturing. Jack joined Burgess-Norton Manufacturing Company of Geneva, Illinois, in 1966 and began in quality control at Plant 2. He became production control manager in 1968, manager of manufacturing for powder metal parts in 1978, and vice president in 1981. He advanced to executive vice-president before taking the position of president in 1986 at Burgess-Norton Manufacturing Company, an entity of Amsted Industries, a Fortune 500 company. Before retiring in 1991, he instituted a five-year plan that culminated in sales of 100 million dollars. He and Judith returned to their hometown of Mitchell, Indiana.
While in Geneva, he served as vice chairman of Junior Achievement’s Fox Valley District and as an executive board member of Two River’s Council, B.S.A. Jack was a woodbadge trained scoutmaster of Troop 37 B.S.A. in Geneva and a brotherhood member of Glikhikan Lodge 106 of the Order of the Arrow. He was also active in Geneva Community Chest and the Men’s Foundation of Delnor-Community Hospital. He served on the board of directors of Regency Federal Savings and Loan.
Jack became an active member of the First Baptist Church in Mitchell, Indiana, American Legion Post 250 Honor Guard and served as Sergeant at Arms from 1993-1996. He also volunteered at the Mitchell Opera House.
Surviving: wife, Judith Ann Williams, Mitchell
son, Jackson J. Williams, Mitchell
His parents, and sister, Virginia Lee Funk, preceded him in death.
Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 28, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home with Rev. Raymond Bunn officiating. Burial will be in Lawrenceport Cemetery with military honors accorded by Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250.
Friends may call from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday and from 10:00 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial Gifts: L.I.F.E. Pantry or Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services