Roger L. “Chummy” Williams, 84, of Rushford

Roger Williams

Roger L. “Chummy” Williams, 84, of Rushford died on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford.

Chummy was born on Oct. 27, 1934, in Marinette, Wis., to Orland and Florence (Anderson) Williams and raised there. He served in the National Guard from 1951 to 53. Chummy was united in marriage with Yvonne Carroll on Nov. 27, 1954. Chummy moved to Rushford in 1974. He worked as a supervisor at Norse Products in Peterson for many years. He was a member of the Menominee, Mich., VFW clown brigade and never missed the chance to boast that in one parade he actually shook the hand of James Arness (Marshall Matt Dillon from the hit television series Gunsmoke). 

 He was a member of the Rushford American Legion. Chummy was a very social person, and was well known around Rushford. He spent a lot of his time socializing at the local Rushford businesses. Chummy was proud to have been the first person to receive a cup of coffee at Rushford Foods after the flood of 2007.

Chummy is survived by five children: John (Tina) Williams of Rushford, Jeff Williams of Rushford, Jerri (Johnie) Bellock of Rushford, Leanne (Mark Smith) Brand of Lewiston, Minn., and Scott (Jen) Williams of Rushford; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; four brothers: Wayne “Butch” (Darlene) Williams; Gary Williams; Mike (Kay) Williams; and Dave Williams.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Yvonne; daughter, Dianna “DiDi” Williams; and a sister, Mary Ann Lehman.

There will be a funeral service for Chummy at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford. Burial will be at the Rushford Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home on Saturday. Military Honors will follow outside of the funeral home.

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