A funeral service for Dean Williams, 64, of Dickinson, N.D., and formerly of Sturgis, will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at Evangelical Bible Church in Dickinson, with Pastor Tim Privratsky officiating.
Visitation for Dean will be 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at Stevenson Funeral Home in Dickinson, with reminiscing and sharing memories at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Cremation will take place after the service.
Dean passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at his home.
Dean and his twin brother, Dennis, were born Oct. 14, 1948 to Charles Richard and Lenore Williams of Sturgis. The twins grew up in Sturgis and graduated from Sturgis High School in 1966 and Alma College in Alma in 1970. Dean and Connie (Childs) had their first date on June 3, 1967, and were married five years later on June 3, 1972. Dean received an assistantship for his masters from North Dakota State University and they moved to Fargo. After attending NDSU, Dean and Connie moved to Dickinson in 1974. Dean worked for NDSU-Dickinson Experiment Station and received his master of science degree in botany from NDSU. He also worked as a correctional officer for the SWMCC and was currently working at the U.S. Forest Service as a rangeland management specialist. He was a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Amateur Radio Club and a member of the Evangelical Bible Church. He enjoyed spending time in the badlands and collecting guns and knives. He was fun-loving, enjoyed telling stories of his younger days, including his motorcycle travels to Sturgis, S.D., and he was an avid Vikings football fan.
Dean is survived by his wife of 41 years, Connie; their cat, Boody; his twin brother, Dennis Lee (Jane) of Topeka, Kan.; a niece, Julie (Ryan) Thompson, of Coffeyville, Kan.; a nephew, Matt (Sarah) Williams, of Hoyt, Kan.; two great nieces and two great nephews; godchild Erin Nyren Erickson of Christine, N.D.; a sister-in-law, Judy (Karl) Porth of Paw Paw; and brother-in-law Roger (Jean) Childs of Moncks Corner, S.C.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Evangelical Bible Church arise and build project.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.stevensonfuneralhome.com.