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James Michael Williams

09/17/1942 - 06/07/2020

James Michael Williams (77) of Mesa, Arizona died peacefully at home on June 7, 2020. He was born September 17, 1942 to Sanford Lee and Edith Marie Williams, in Akron, Ohio. He joined the United States Air Force in 1964, where he was known as Willie, and served with the 463rd Tactical Airlift Wing in Vietnam where he earned numerous commendations and was honorably discharged in 1968.  He was a proud Teamster, driving long and short haul trucking routes for the majority of his career. 


Jim had many hobbies, including woodworking, amateur radio, backyard barbecuing, and genealogy. He enjoyed camping and traveling in his RV with his wife of 29 years, Kat, and their beloved dog Ruby Tuesday, but more than anything he treasured the time he spent with family and friends.  


Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Sanford Eugene (Joann C.) and Robert K., sister Betty Jane (Joseph Louis Meis, Jr.), brother-in-law William C. Beatty., and sister-in-law Patricia Ann.  


He is survived by his wife Kathleen Ann, sister Shirley June Beatty, and brother Thomas Lee. His legacy lives on with his oldest daughter Shannon-Marie Riggs, her son Michael, his youngest daughter Tracy Michele Sedlak, and her sons Matthew, Jordan, and Trey.  He will be missed by his step-sons Christopher, Jason (Victoria), and Heath (Sandy) Sangster. 


Services for this adored husband, dad, papa, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project. 


  • So sorry for your loss.

  • Janet Hodgson Schotter

    This is a shock…I am so sorry my dear classmate has passed away. God be with Jim’s family and friends. North High School, Akron Ohio class of 1961. Rest In Peace Jim! ?❤️

  • Ron and Debra Riggs

    Shannon, we are so sorry to hear this..We will keep you in our prayers.. With Love, Dad and Debbie

  • Craig and Corky Cormier

    Kat, Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and Prayers. So deeply sorry for your loss.

  • Jodi Montgomery

    Heath, Jason, and Chris I am so sorry to hear of your step dads passing. Sending you all hugs and love. I hope you are able to remember and focus on the good memories at this painful time. Im always here if you need anything.

  • Roxanne Yaple

    Kat and family, I am so sorry for your loss of Jim. I enjoyed meeting him, and appreciated his sense of humor. He was a great guy.

  • Condolences Shannon. Sorry for your loss. May your father Rest in peace.

  • Robert Stanley

    Drove lots of miles with this big guy, prayers to your family Happy Trail Jim??

  • Tracy Blanton

    Kat & family, I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was always so sweet and funny. Every time I was around him, he would made me smile and laugh. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I Love you and if you need anything, I’m here for you.

  • Kat, I am so shocked and sorry to learn of this. He was a dear friend and I will miss him.
    Please know you and all the family are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know about the memorial.

  • Brad and Norma Ecker

    We were so sorry to hear Jim passed away. He was always incredibly kind to me. Our condolences to all his family and friends. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Sherry MacDonald

    Kat, I am so sorry to hear of this. Many hugs and prayers for you and everyone at this time. Rip Uncle Jim ?

  • Steve Murdough

    Rest in Peace Jim such s wonderful man and co/worker

  • Ursula Schroeder

    I’m sorry for the loss of your husband. He was a great man. Nice neighbors. Kat you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Jim will be missed.

  • Kat and family I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. :-(. Praying for peace for everyone.

  • Dear Shannon,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Dad! He sounds like a wonderful human being! I am sure he valued so much you being there for him and helping to care for him. I am also sure he is watching over you and Michael fondly and with abundant blessings! Wishing you much peace and comfort!

  • So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

  • Patty Snell Aubry

    So sorry to hear of your loss . May God bless you and send his peace.

  • David and Jill McDonald

    Shannon and family, so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts, hope you can take comfort in cherishing the memories of all the special times with your dad.

  • Nancy Ferrell Stiver

    Peaceful journey into Eternity, Friend.

  • We think about you all the time and miss you greatly, Jim.

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