May 10, 1937 - November 16, 2016
George Benjamin Williams, 79, passed away November 16, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. He was born May 10, 1937 to James Franklin and Esther Warwick of Klamath Falls, Ore. and later adopted by his stepfather, Jesse Debbs Williams of Talent, Ore.
George grew up on the family farm in Talent, Ore. which was the original Kerby homestead from Jesse’s first wife’s family. He attended Wagner Creek Grade School and Talent Elementary and graduated from Talent High School in 1955.
After high school he and his brother, Paul moved to Seattle, Wash. and worked for Boeing Company. He married Marge Etta McCasland August 27, 1957 and she joined him in Seattle. George and Paul worked at the Renton plant and loved to regale the family about building jets in those early years. But George longed for the outdoors and moved to Prospect, Ore. where he and Jesse began working for Chadwick Logging. In 1960, George established his own logging business named, G. B. Williams Logging Company. Jesse later went to work for George until his death in 1973.
In 1962 George, his logging crew, and a few neighbors built a log house on Yank Gulch Road, thus returning to the family homestead. He and Marge raised their girls there and afforded his family the ability to dabble in tree and livestock farming. His true passion was building roads on that property using his Allis Chalmers bulldozers, including one that was affectionately called “Fat Allis.”
George was active in 4-H as a youth and was an ardent supporter of the Jackson County 4-H program and livestock auctions.
George loved the woods and instilled in his daughters the same enthusiasm for nature. He was proud of his sustainable logging practices and, more than anything, loved to needle the local Forest Service and BLM officials about it.
He had a huge heart and a wicked sense of humor that he used to tease his family. His favorite joke was wearing his sister-in-law’s wig while driving the mortified family to school functions.
George is survived by sisters, Arla Williams Hess and Linda Williams; brother, Paul Williams; wife, Marge Etta McCasland Williams; daughters, Sheryl Williams, Jeanette Williams Brucker, and Lori Williams Stenberg; plus two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and various dogs, cats, and chickens. He was predeceased by his brother, Bud Williams
Husband, father, brother, friend, businessman, community supporter, son of a pioneer family; he was a giant of a man and will be missed terribly. The family will honor George’s wish not to have a service, and will, instead, celebrate his life privately and outdoors like he would have wanted.