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Maxon Hugh Williams

Maxon Hugh Williams


Family and friends mourn the loss of Maxon H. Williams. Born July 13, 1913 in St. Lawrence, S.D. to Charles and Flora Williams, Max was always known for his hard-working, kind and gregarious nature. In his youth, he played softball, sang in a quartet, and hunted pheasant and jackrabbits.

During the Depression, he announced to the family that as money was scarce, he would drop out of college to learn the lumber business from his father. The search for permanent work led Max west to Twin Falls, Idaho where his high school sweetheart, Lucile Lanz, eventually joined him. Max was fond of telling people he took "a whole half-day off work" to marry Lucile on June 8, 1937.

The young couple continued their trek west, landing in Nampa, Idaho, Portland, Ore., and Albany, Ore. In 1949, they settled in Grants Pass, Ore., where Max would live out the remainder of his days.

In 1967, Max bought a land in White City and founded Economy Plywood-a retail lumberyard run by his eldest son today. Max worked until he was 85, selling lumber and making friends along the way. He continued his singing as a member of several barber shop quartets and the church choir. He was an active member of the church and fond of social time with family and friends.

Max is survived by his wife, Lucile; his two sons, Kenneth and Roger; and three grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 8 at 11:00 a.m. at the Newman United Methodist Church in Grants Pass. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the church or your local Hospice.

Maxon Hugh Williams