OCEAN PARK Tim C. Williams, 81, a lifelong resident of the Long Beach Peninsula, died peacefully at his Ocean Park residence on Dec. 26, 2010, with his family at his side. Born in Astoria on Aug. 22, 1929, he was the son of John G. and Julia (Hoare) Williams. He was a fourth generation resident of the Peninsula, his great-grandparents being Welsh immigrants who settled on the Peninsula in 1847.
He grew up in Ilwaco where he attended Ilwaco grade school, graduating in 1947 from Ilwaco High School where he played varsity basketball. While in high school he dug clams commercially and worked in the oysters. He attended Washington State University for two years before returning to Ilwaco.
His business career began when he operated the Chevron service station in downtown Ilwaco. After several years he sold the station to Charles Mulvey. By the early 1950s he faced the prospect of military service during the Korean Conflict. Being a newly-married man with an infant son, he was deferred and went to work for his father operating the Sunset Theatre in Ilwaco. A few years later he entered the insurance business with Stan Lochrie. He later bought the business and Tim C. Williams Insurance was born.
Tim Williams Insurance was sold to Strand Insurance but Mr. Williams managed the business, which was then sold to Walter Brewe, then purchased the agency back in 1996 with Paul McMurray before finally retiring in 2000.
He was very active in the community he loved, was a member of Long Beach Elks, Ocean Park Eagles, Lions Club, Order of Odd Fellows in Ilwaco and the Long Beach Merchants Association. A former member of the Ilwaco City Council, he also served with the World Kite Festival and was a former member of the Ilwaco Cemetery Association.
He and several of his lifelong friends enjoyed years of playing poker together. He thoroughly enjoyed Pai Gow and blackjack, and visits to casino as well as traveling to Palm Springs and other locations. Clamming and family sturgeon fishing trips were highlights for him. He also took great pride in maintaining his automobiles and his yard where watching the wildlife gave him much joy especially in his final days. A devoted son, loving husband, father and brother, committed mentor and friend, he was steadfast in his love, deeply proud of his family and community a man of honor and courage.
He and Roberta Leback were married in 1951 and later divorced. On Feb. 10, 2009, he married Pat Terry, who survives, residing at the family home in Ocean Park. Also surviving are his daughter, Marilyn Williams of Seaview; two sons, Tim (Marni) Williams of Battleground and Tom Williams of Ilwaco; three grandchildren, Kenny Anderson, T. Ryan Williams and Laura Green; four great-grandchildren, Michael, Alexis, Julia and Jaxon; stepchildren, Tracey Rogers, Susan Terry, Aaron Ast and Ryan Ast; and a step-great-grandson, Bladyn Ast. His brother, Adm. John G. Williams, a sister, Jane Nelson and his parents preceded him in death.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Long Beach Elks Lodge No. 1937 with a reception following. Private family services will be at the Ilwaco Cemetery. Memorials may be made to either the Ilwaco Fire Department, P.O. Box 342, Ilwaco, WA 98624 or Harbors Home Health and Hospice, 210 7th Street, Hoquiam, WA 98550. His guest book is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.