David “Dave” Owen Williams, 66 of Opdyke, entered the gates of heaven peacefully with his loving family surrounding him on Saturday February 25, 2023 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, IN.
Dave was born on May 24, 1956 in Chicago, IL to his parents Owen and Lois (Hutchison) Williams. He was married to Patricia (Lewis) Williams on October 2, 2021 after several years together. She was the love of his life. On October 26, 1990 Dave became a father to Kelly Williams, the apple of his eye.
He is survived by his wife Patricia Williams of Opdyke, IL. Daughter Kelly Williams of Mt. Vernon, IL; Joshua Westcott of Opdyke, IL; Ryan (Morgan) Law of Waltonville, IL, and Mark (Lyndsey) Law of St. Louis, MO. Sisters Lisa (Terry) McAlexander of Mt. Vernon, IL and Lori (Joe) Ilbery of Mt. Vernon, IL. Brother James (Bev) Williams of Midlothian, IL. Aunt Rita Schwake of Decatur, IL and several nieces and nephews. He also has two wonderful grandsons, Ryker and Sawyer.
He is preceded in death by his parents Owen and Lois Williams; brothers Donald Gene Williams and Robert Williams; niece Ashton Ilbery; and his beloved dog Patches.
Dave attended Mt. Vernon Township High School. He was an auto mechanic for many years. He served in the Army for 18 years. Dave was an airframe/powerplant mechanic, pilot, and aircraft owner. He operated Williams BZ Aviation at the airport for many years. From 2003 he was an area mechanic for Air Evac Lifeteam. After 18 years with the company he retired in 2022. Dave assisted many aircraft owners at surrounding airports during his days off from Air Evac.
His hobbies included cooking (especially barbecue), fishing, and spending time with his family and friends. Dave and his son Josh enjoyed bee keeping and working on airplanes. He loved his pets, especially Bella.
We will miss his sense of humor, laugh, and story telling abilities. Per his wishes he was cremated and a celebration of life is to be held on March 18, 2023 from 3-5 pm at the Mt. Vernon Outland Airport Community Hangar.