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SALEM, MA - Kenneth C. Williams, 85, beloved husband of Barbara Deane (Lytle), passed away peacefully at his home on January 30th.
Ken was born in Vermontville, MI to the late Claude and Irma (Roth) Williams. Ken became an early leader in high school, sports, and the Methodist Church. Graduating from Western Michigan Univ. (1955), he taught Math in Lowell and Kalamazoo, MI high schools. He received a National Science Foundation Grant (1960) to attend Bowling Green State Univ.
where he received a M.A. in Mathematics (1962). During his 25 year career with IBM he co-discovered the Esau-Williams algorithm (1966) and later joined Executive Education. In retirement, he taught computer classes at Shenandoah Univ.
Ken married Barb on August 29, 1953 in Grand Rapids Mich.; they were married 64 adventurous, loving years. His leadership in his faith community was instrumental in developing and expanding services for those less fortunate. He built five homes, the last in Edinburg, VA where he and Barb lived for 30 years.
Ken leaves behind his beloved wife, Barb, and his children, Dr. Jeffery Williams and his wife, Deborah (Doherty), Red Hook, N.Y., Bonnie and her husband, David Henry, Salem, Mark Williams and his wife, Susan (Schadle), Holly Springs, N.C., Mike Williams, Edinburg, Va., and Sally Williams, Suffolk, Va. Predeceased by his brother, Charles Williams, he is survived by his siblings, Shirley Selby, Joyce Nichols, and James Williams.
Ken was dearly loved by his 13 grandchildren: Lauren Williams Ubiera, Lindsay Williams, Kaitlyn Williams, Thomas Henry, Jessica Williams, Katherine Henry, Jonathan Williams, Baby David Henry, William Henry, James Williams, Samuel Williams, Chason Williams, and Mathew Williams; and his two great-grandchildren, William and Gabriela Ubiera.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours: Friday, February 16, 4 to 7 p.m. Murphy's Funeral Home, 85 Federal Street, Salem.
Funeral Service: Saturday, February 17, 11 a.m. Wesley Methodist Church, 8 North Street, Salem.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Applachia Service Project's "Warmer. Safer. Drier. Fund"
Published on February 7, 2018
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