He was born on Sept. 15, 1933, in St. John to Harry and Arena (Jones) Williams. As a child, he moved with his family to Pittsburg, Thayer and later Altamont, where he graduated from Labette County Community High School.
He married Florence Walborn on Dec. 28, 1952, in Cherokee, Okla. The couple were stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, from 1953 until 1955 while he served in the U.S. Army. Upon his honorable discharge, they returned to the Parsons area.
He worked as assistant county engineer in Montgomery County from 1956 to 1973. In 1972, the couple moved to rural Cherryvale. Mr. Williams worked for Kansas Gas & Electric Co. in Independence as a line supervisor until his retirement in 1995. Through the years, he, his wife and daughters also ran a farming/cattle operation that provided a lifetime of memories. After retirement, he purchased a lake home for his bride in Langley, Okla., which they enjoyed several years before moving to rural Chetopa in 2003. In 2009, they moved to rural Altamont, where they had lived since.
He was a member of Word of Life Church in Hallowell, where he accepted Christ at the age of 69 and was baptized in the strip pits in rural Hallowell. Dwayne was a hero to his wife, children and grandchildren. His love of family was apparent to all as was his love of motorcycles. He taught his girls, sons-in-law and grandchildren to work hard and live honestly.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Florence Williams of the home; three children, Deborah Testerman and her husband, Randy, of Bartlett, Pamela Williams of Bartlett and Joyce McMunn and her husband, Ron, of Parsons; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Shirley Cline of Joplin and Sharon Hainzinger of Bartlesville, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved brother, Eldon Williams.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Lake Creek Cemetery near Bartlett. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences can be left at forbeshoffman.com.