Bruce Williams

Bruce A. Williams, 74, of Owatonna, Minn., died Dec. 28 at the Homestead Hospice House.

He was born Aug. 6, 1946, in Boone, the son of Bruce and Vivian (Anderson) Williams. Bruce graduated from Jefferson High School in 1964, and later from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with an associate degree.

Bruce met his future wife, DeAnn Walker, in kindergarten and they were united in marriage on March 26, 1966. 

He worked for Walnut Grove Products in Atlantic from 1966-69, Merchants Warehouse/White Lines Trucking in Des Moines and Ankeny from 1970-84 and Owatonna Canning/Lakeside Foods in Owatonna from 1984-2010 until his retirement. He was nominated for the 2006 AFOP National Conference for the Association of Farmworkers Opportunity Program in Washington, D.C. 

Bruce traveled to many places, including The Netherlands, Norway, Alaska, Northern Canada Fly-In Fishing, Duluth and the yearly trip to Vegas, which they visited since 1980. 

He enjoyed fishing, bowling, men’s card club and going to the horse tracks. Bruce was well known for his laughter and his sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, DeAnn Williams, of Owatonna; son Brad (Debbie) Williams, of Zumbrota, Minn.; daughter Mindie (Clint) Tanner, of Waseca, Minn.; granddaughters: Alisha (Justin) Vick, Nicole (Jason) McSherry, Britani (Brandon) Arndt, Rachel (Bryce Goodwin) Williams; grandsons: Clayton Tanner, Maclain Tanner, Zach Williams and Nick Peterman; four and a half great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel Williams; parents Bruce and Vivian Williams; sisters Lonna Lane and Lenda Hermanstorfer.

Visitation was held at the Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonnna on Jan. 2.

Interment will be at a later date in the Paton Twp. Cemetery, Paton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to: Waseca High School Marching Band Program, 1717 2nd St. NW, Waseca, MN 56093; Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis; or to Steele County Humane Society, P.O. Box 220, Owatonna, MN 55060.

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