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Kenneth Philip Williams

September 26, 1935 — October 12, 2017

Kenneth “Kenny” Philip Williams was born to Philip Edgar and Pauline (Stroh) Williams on September 26, 1935 in Greeley, Colorado. He attended elementary school and high school in Gil, Colorado. Kenny served in the United Sates army from February of 1954 to February of 1956. While in the service he received his GED and rose to the rank of Specialist.

Ken married Kathy Hopkins on January 10, 1965 in Greeley, Colorado. Kenny and Kathy settled in Gill, Colorado. He farmed in the Gill area and excelled in raising sugar beets, onion, dry-beans and feeding cattle. In 1970 they moved to Greeley where Kenny went to work in construction for Webham Construction Company. In 1973 he and a close friend, Dave Gibson started their own business Gibson-Williams Construction Company. Their company built several hundred homes in the Greeley and Front Range area of Colorado as well as Grand Junction.

In 1986 Kenny and Kathy moved to San Dimas, California where Kenny continued in construction. The couple divorced in 1988. Kenny moved to Imperial, Nebraska in 1990 where he continued to do construction work. In 1994 Ken went to work for the Imperial Country Club. Kenny took great pride in maintaining and manicuring the course and taking care of the clubhouse through 2011. During his time at the country club, Kenny became a mentor to many young men that had the opportunity to work for him. After his retirement, Kenny enjoyed helping family members on the farm and taking care of their yards.

Ken was an avid golfer, bowler, fisherman, loved to travel on cruises, trap shoot, target shoot, dance and snow and water ski. He was a member of the Greeley Elks and Greeley Moose clubs. He also sponsored Little League soccer and baseball in the Greeley area.

Kenny passed away Thursday morning, October 12, 2017 at his home in Imperial. He was 82 years of age.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Pauline, and grandparents: Henry and Katie (Walters) Stroh and Harvey and Annie (Elass) Williams.

Survivors include:
Sister, JoAnn Bernhardt and husband, Don of Imperial
Nephews, Kerry Bernhardt of Champion and Kurt and wife, Kristi Bernhardt of Lamar.
Niece, Darcy Bernhardt and husband, Joe Mooney of Fort Myers, Florida
Great-nieces and nephews: Preston Bernhardt, Alexa Bernhardt and fiancé Jeff Banks of Imperial, Austin Bernhardt and Ryan Bernhardt.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

No visitation; cremation was chosen.

A private family inurnment will take place at a later date.
A memorial has been established to the Imperial Country Club.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

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