Lewis Milton Williams

In Memory of

Lewis Milton Williams

December 4, 1938 - April 28, 2018


Lewis M. Williams, age 79, of Shell Knob MO, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2018, in St. Lukes East Hospital, Lee’s Summit MO surrounded by his loving family. His memorial service will be on May 4, 2018, at Lee’s Summit Community Church at 11:00 AM in the East Auditorium, 1440 SW Jefferson Street, Lee’s Summit MO 64081.

He was born December 4, 1938, in Detroit, MI, the son of Lewis and Patricia (Peterson) Williams. At age 16 he joined the Bryan and Ida (Bowman) Roesch family in Quinter KS. He was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Williams in Hardin, MO on June 28, 1958.

He is survived by two daughters, Louann Tummons and husband Philip of Columbia Falls MT; and Lori Werth and husband David Werth of Lee’s Summit MO. He is also survived by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren: Darrell and wife Courtney Werth of Shawnee KS, Dusty Werth and husband Rusty Richards of Lee’s Summit MO, Dylan and wife Kayla Werth, Aria, Nora, Bentley and Asher of Lee’s Summit MO, Emily Tummons of Overland Park KS and Avery and wife Kallie Tummons of Overland Park KS. Also, surviving are two sisters Elizabeth Wynn and husband Ed, Doris Snyder and husband Dale of Hiawatha KS; one brother Royce Roesch and wife Mary of Quinter KS.

Preceding him in death was his loving wife Shirley; his parents Lewis and Patricia Williams, sister Alice Binkley and his adopted parents Bryan and Ida Roesch.

Lewis graduated from Quinter High School and completed his education at McPherson College and Fort Hays State University.

Throughout his life, he worked at many vocations, teacher, farmer/rancher, business owner, and Sheriff of Gove County. He loved to spend time with his family. Other interests and hobbies were gardening, landscaping, and his love for animals.

In lieu of flowers we ask you to contribute to his memorial at Lee’s Summit Community Church.


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Lewis, You were my best and only friend. God gave you to me because He knew I was a difficult person. You tolerated me while we worked farm projects together. You and I accomplished much together on those projects. I will miss our ‘fun times’… going out to dinner, going to Branson, and just running chores together. You were my loyal friend. I tried to see you before you left. I didn’t care if you could remember me or not, I just had to see you before God called you to Him. God called you before I could see you and say ‘good-bye’. Thank you for sharing your life story with me. I will always treasure you deeply in my heart. When God calls me I will see you again and meet your wife Shirley. I will meet all the people, family and friends, you shared stories about. You’re the best friend I ever had and I’m so sorry I wasn’t there for you all the times you needed me to be there. Thank you for listening to me vent and cry. Thank you for giving me such good advice. Thank you for being ‘you’ because ‘you’ made me try to be a better ‘me’. Please forgive me in all of the areas I have failed you. I miss you, Lewis, I miss you.

Dear Lewis’Family, Want you to know how much we enjoyed both your parents when they were in our church here at Shell Knob. They sat in front of us and we enjoyed them. They had quite a sense of humor and we loved them lots. Will always remember how much they loved each other!! May God be with you. He gave you great parents!! Hugs Jerry and Jana Rima Shell Knob,Mo


Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Friday, May 4, 2018