Lonnie Ray Williams
Lonnie Ray Williams died at his home in Willow on Oct. 16, 2012, after a long battle with Myelodysplasia. He was 79.
Lonnie was born at his home March 9, 1933, in Des Arc, Ark., to John and Gladys Williams. He served his country during the Korean War Conflict and returned home a combat-wounded veteran.
At age 17, Lonnie was awarded his first Purple Heart. A few months later, he turned 18 and was awarded his second Purple Heart. Lonnie was a lifetime member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and VFW Post 9785 in Eagle River.
He is survived by three daughters, Tomirae Castillo (and husband Edward) of Glendale, Ariz., Annjeanette Lonee Williams of Georgetown, Texas, and Rochelle Reanne Boldt (and Michael Gene Chaffin) of Chugiak; son, Lonnie Charles Williams and his wife Jeanette Yvonne (Degan) of Georgetown, Texas; six grandchildren, Virginia Raquel Castillo, Stephanie Angel Castillo and Marshall Francisco Castillo of Glendale, Ariz., George Charles Fillmore of Georgetown, Texas, Scott Kennett Johnston of Georgetown, and Andrew David Elliott of Watertown, Wis,; great-granddaughter, Alexis Dorothy Elliott of Watertown, Wis.; brother, Carl Chester Williams of Wichita, Kan.; and friend and personal care attendant Kristie Vice of Willow, who was with him when he passed.
Lonnie was preceded in death by his parents, John Dalton Williams and Gladys Pauline (Swink); brother, John Edward; sister, Lilli Mae Everett and three infant grandsons, John David Johnston, Shawn Douglas Johnston and Kenneth Ray Johnston.
In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, Inc. (M.O.P.H.S.F.), P.O. Box 49 Annandale, VA 22003. Donations can also be made at www.mophsf.org/donate.
Donators are advised to call (703) 256-6139 ext. 109 to ensure M.O.P.H.S.F has the correct name of the honoree.
Arrangements were cared for by Valley Funeral Home & Crematory. Guests can visit Lonnie’s online obituary and guestbook at www.alaskanfuneral.com.