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Gene V. Williams, 71, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, in Columbia City.
Born in Allentown, Pa. March 13, 1940, Gene worked as an engineer with GTE.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed Ham radio, (W9JBD), fishing, restoring antique automobiles and was a former president of the Fort Wayne Historical Automobile Association.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Williams of Columbia City; daughter, Lori (Paul) Shaw of Charlotte, N.C.; son, Douglas (Bobbie) Williams of Phoenix; step-daughter, Gwendolyn (Brian) Niec of Cicero; step-son, Jonathan (Jenni) Kintz of Anderson; grandchildren; Cecily, Cassandra Shaw, Conner, Megan Williams, Conner Smith and Sophia, Aubrie Kintz.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Butler and Josephine (Desht) Williams, his first wife, Janice L. in 1986; grandson, Justin Shaw; and brother Gary Williams.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday at Greenlawn Cemetery Chapel, 6600 Covington Road.
Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation or to the donorâ€™s choice. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.