Forrest “Grady” Williams, 85, of Raymore, Missouri, formally of Windsor, MO died early Saturday morning, April 22, 2017, at Foxwood Springs, Raymore.
Grady was born February 19, 1932 in Windsor, MO to Albert Ezekiel and Ada Frances (Wingate) Williams, one of seven Children. In 1949, Grady joined the 24th Infantry Division of the United States Army and served in the Korean War. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart, The Korean Service Medal with a Silver Service Star, National Defense Medal, and the United Nations Medal. He also received the Japan Occupational and the Good Conduct medals and the Korean Presidential Citation for the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War.
On May 28, 1955, in Windsor, he married Etta May (Harbit) Fowler and they were the parents of four children. Grady worked for Clarkson Construction Company for 26 years and retired in 1993, and was a proud member of Operating Engineers Local 101 for 45 years.
He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 1000, Independence, MO, VFW Post 2610, Windsor, VFW Post 4409, Harrisonville, MO., and the American Legion Post 82, Windsor. He enjoyed his family, trap shooting, hunting, and loved fishing anytime he could.
He leaves three daughters and three sons-in-law, Ramona and Carl Brooks, Raymore, Mo.; Cyndi and Tim Fannan, Tampa, Florida; and Paula and Jon Voss, Pleasant Hill, MO; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; a sister, Norine Coffey of Windsor, MO; and a brother, Oleph Williams of Independence, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Willa Carol Williams; 3 sisters, Leona G “Jerry” Fetters, LaWana Delvetta LaVelle, and Frieda Glenna Rex; a brother, Emory Elmer Williams; and a grandson, Christopher W. Fannan.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2017, at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor, with Rev. Gene Ekstrand officiating. Burial will be in the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor. The family will receive friends Friday before the service from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. The family suggests contributions to the Windsor American Legion Post 82 in care of the funeral home.