Clyde Lee Williams, 79, passed away June 26, 2013, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, in Hood River, Ore., surrounded by his loved ones.
A Celebration of Clyde’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, with a reception to follow; burial will be at Idlewilde Cemetery. Pastor Jeff Mueller of Immanuel Lutheran Church will officiate.
Clyde was born July 27, 1933, in Langdon, Kansas, the third of 10 children to Marion and Ollie (Ninness) Williams. He grew up in the Hood River Valley, attending schools in Odell and Odell High School. He was in the first graduating class from Wy’east High School, in 1952.
Clyde served our country proudly in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955. The Oregon Honors Team will give thanks for his service by presenting military honors at his celebration of life Saturday.
On June 18, 1955, Clyde married Dona Rae Van Riper in Hood River at Immanuel Lutheran Church. They were blessed with 58 years of marriage and three children: Cindy, Tami and Larry.
Clyde worked at Safeway, Thriftway, Brock Glass Shop and Selby’s Appliance, was part owner of Western Auto and recently had worked in the Hood River Toll Booth. In addition to all of this Clyde and Dona owned and operated the Paradise Motel and Apartments for 48 years.
Clyde enjoyed sports, fishing, hunting, trap shooting and pool/billiards, and he would raise two steers every year. He enjoyed working with youth in the Little League and Babe Ruth baseball programs for 32 years and was instrumental in starting the girls Little League softball program.
In addition to the Hood River Little League and Babe Ruth leagues where Clyde was an active board member he was also a member of the Hood River Elks Lodge, the Hood River Sportsman’s Club and Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Clyde is survived by the love of his life, Dona Rae Williams, of Hood River; his three children: Cindy and her husband, Mike Vanek, of Parkdale, Ore., Tami Siebert, of Troutdale, Ore., and Larry Clyde and his wife, Lisa Williams, of Hood River; six grandchildren: Steffany, Shelby, Adam, Tyler, Morgan and Hailee; sisters Betty Gustafsen, Peggy Brittle and Donna Sanders; brothers Tom Williams, John Williams and Tony Williams; and many dear cousins.
Memorials are encouraged to be made in Clyde’s name to Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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