Earl J. Williams, 72, EHS grad, Wilbur Chocolate retiree, Vietnam vet, known for baking, helping others

By on March 29, 2017
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Earl J. Williams, 72, of Lancaster, passed away after a brief battle with cancer on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

Born in Akron, he was the son of the late Violet (Wenger) and John Williams. He was the loving husband of Darlene (Getty) Williams.

He was a 1963 graduate of Ephrata High School and retired from Wilbur Chocolate in Lititz. Earl was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, reaching the rank of Specialist E-4.

Earl was known for always helping others. He was active in his church. Earl was infamous for gardening and baking for all who knew him, and will be missed. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Darlene, he is survived by his children: Jonathan K. (Sherry) of Lancaster, Joshua K. (Amy) of Hershey, Heidi N. (fiancé, Dawond McKinney) of Lancaster, and Jason K. (fiancé, Timothy Wai) of Signal Hill, Calif.; five grandchildren: Andrew, Brittany, Chloe, Xavier, and Kohen; two sisters: Mary Eichelberger of Ephrata and Linda Weaver (Rick) of Ephrata.

Earl is predeceased by his siblings: Paul Williams and Florence Kissinger.

A celebration of life was held March 24 at Lancaster Church of the Brethren. Burial was held March 27 at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, make memorial contributions to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604, or Lancaster Church of the Brethren, 1601 Sunset Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601.

To send an online condolence, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory.

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