Anthony R. Williams
MARQUETTE – Anthony Robert “Tony” Williams, 66, of Marquette, Mich., died Saturday afternoon, March 29, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Tony was born on Feb. 2, 1948, in Hialeah, Fla., to Dorothy “Ginger” Zimmick and Tony Leslie Williams and was a 1967 graduate of Whittemore Prescott High School in Whittemore, Mich. He earned a bachelor of science in science education from Ferris State University in 1981 and masters in science education from Northern Michigan University in 2006.
From 1969 to 1970, Tony served in Vietnam with the 118th Assault Helicopter Company. Among his decorations were the Aircraft Crewman’s Badge and the Army Air Medal earned for participation in combat aerial missions. He was very proud of his Vietnam service. Tony later served from 1981-1986 with Troop D, 1/238 Cavalry, Michigan Army National Guard in Grand Ledge, Mich.
Tony taught science for 20 years at Manistique High School retiring in 2010. After his retirement, he taught as an adjunct instructor in the biology department at NMU.
His real passion was for aviation. If he wasn’t out flying in his plane, he was reading airplane magazines and books, or otherwise engaged in some activity related to aviation. He enjoyed taking friends up in his plane and volunteered as a Young Eagle’s Pilot for EAA Chapter 850. He did aerial photography and his photos appeared on the local
TV station, newspaper and
Tony also enjoyed cross country skiing and competed annually in the Noquemanon race. During the summer he enjoyed kayaking on Lake Superior and mountain biking, as well as other outdoor activities. He was a member of the Marquette Yacht Club and participated as a crew member in the Ensign races.
Tony is survived by his wife, Lesley J. Putman, who he married on Oct. 24, 1998; one daughter, Emily (Kevin Gibson) Bonzheim of Waynesville, N.C.; and two grandchildren, Puella Bonzheim and Lilah Gibson. He also leaves behind two brothers-in-law, Henry (Cindy) Putman and Harold (Becky) Putman; five nieces and nephews; and his in-laws, Tom and Norma Putman, who loved him as their own.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends called at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home on Saturday, April 5, from 1-3 p.m. A funeral service was conducted at 3 p.m. with Revs. Amanda Kossow, Jon Magnuson and David Van Kley officiating. Spring burial will take place in Park Cemetery. A dessert reception took place immediately following the service at the funeral home.
Those wishing to express their sympathy are kindly asked to consider Northwoods AirLifeline, PO Box 2973, Kingsford, MI 49802- 2973 in Tony’s memory.
Memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com.