Donald H. Williams

Donald H. Williams

Donald H. Williams

Donald H. Williams

Donald H. Williams









Donald (Don) H. Williams, 88, of Adams, Wisconsin passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 9th.

Don was born to Harold and Vera (Farner) Williams on March 5th, 1931 in Toledo, Ohio where he resided until he joined the U.S. Navy. He served his country from March of 1952 until January 1954 as an Electrician-3rd Class on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. Upon his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, Don began his work in the corrugated box industry where he would spend the rest of his career. He retired as Vice President and General Manager from Castle Rock Container Company in 1994 after twenty-two years of service.

Don married the love of his life, Jean (Hyde) Bassett on November 15, 1968 and they remained married until her death in 2012. Don was proud to serve on the Adams City Council, the Adams County Memorial Hospital Board, and was elected Mayor of Adams in 2009.

An ultimate creator, Don holds numerous national and international patents. In addition, he was an avid woodworker making beautiful pieces of furniture for his family and friends. Further, if you ask anyone, they would tell you he could play a mean game of Canasta or Yahtzee!

Don had five children: Gary Bassett (deceased), Deb (Jo) Bassett, Harold Williams {deceased), Barb (John) Dunnill, Rob (Leah) Williams, and Sandie Richmond. He had eleven grandchildren: Brian, Zach, Abigail, Makayla, Caleb, Amanda (Justin), Bradley (Allison), Jesse (Nicholle), Jaida, Alissa (Jon), and Brianna (John) and eight great-grandchildren: Aiden, Mason, Abby, London, Talon, Annalena, Parker and Silas. He leaves behind his beloved dog, Imo.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, parents Harold and Vera, and sons Gary and Harold.

An open house celebration of life will be held Friday, February 14th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at the Adams County Community Center at 569 N Cedar St., Adams, WI. Special remarks by friends and family will be made at 5:00 PM – all are welcome to share their memories.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please send donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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  1. Jatohna Crump says:

    Don was like a grandfather to me. The most wisest man I have ever met! He has given me some of the best and honest advice I’ll never forget. That’s what I loved about him…. He was always an honest and fair man. Dependable, hardworking, sarcastic and very loving. From cleaning his house to eating lunch and talking about life, hard lessons we’ve learned and politics at the kitchen table….. his one of a kind personality and charm will be very hard to replace.
    I miss him dearly…..God Bless him and everyone in his family.
    He’s with Jean now 🙂

  2. Cassie Busalacchi says:

    Don will be missed, His great smile and stories, sipping Ice tea at the kitchen table.
    So sorry for your loss.

  3. June Hesler says:

    My Sincere Sympathy to Don’s Family. He was a good friend–I will miss him.
    I regret it wasn’t possible for me to attend the Open House to extend my Sympathy personally.

  4. Richard Baumgart says:

    My condolences to all of the family. Worked for Don many years at Castle Rock.

  5. Becky and Mike Koehn says:

    Sorry to hear about Don’s passing. Keeping family in our prayers and thoughts.

  6. Dr.Rick Langen says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Don. He was a great person and I will miss our visits periodically very much. Thanking of his family at this most difficult time.

  7. Pam Nawrot says:

    So sorry to hear about Don. Don and Dad (Ed Hedrick) were really close. He will be missed prayers to the family.



  9. Susan Moran Moran says:

    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Sincere condolences to all his family. RIP Don.

  10. Chuck and Barb Dehmlow says:

    Sending sincere condolences to Dons family. Him and Jean are together again.

  11. dawna graske says:

    so sorry to hear the passing of Don , he will be deeply missed. my prayers go out to sandie and the rest of the family members.

  12. marilyn Stacey says:

    Marilyn Stacey….I will miss his calls,he was my brother…Rest in peace Don I will always love you…………

  13. Fr. Mac says:

    I extend my sympathies to the family. We had a lot of good times together. I considered Don a best friend.

  14. Debbi and Nick Segina says:

    He was one of a kind. He took on everything with passion and wanted to know about things from the inside out.
    He had a great mind and a good heart. I will miss his hugs and smiles.

  15. Sheila Romell says:

    We were so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was a close family friend for many years, and he will be missed by all of us. Our last memory of Don was of him laughing and telling stories about his years in public service. He enjoyed his family, friends and community. Our thought are with his family, whom he loved dearly.

  16. Lori lancour says:

    Don was a great guy. Worked at the Rock with him. So sorry to hear of his passing

  17. Fred Cavanaugh says:

    Amen to Family . He was a Very Good Person and Deserves the Best . Sorry to Hear the Sad News ..

  18. Sam W & Marilyn Baggs says:

    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I worked many years with him. He knew the corrugated business inside and out and you had to marvel at his knowledge. Since retirement we had seen and enjoyed short visits with him many times at a favorite restaurant. Now he is at peace and again enjoying the company of Jean.

  19. Janie and Harvey Hiller says:

    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Harvey worked with him at Castle Rock Container for many years, and I worked with Jean at the hospital. Great Packer fan. Sending prayers.

  20. Lisa Gurecki says:

    Deepest sympathies to your entire family

  21. Peg Henriksen Lecy says:

    So sorry on your loss. RIP Don you can join Jean

  22. Robert Schiefer says:

    So very sorry for your loss

  23. Penny Sellhausen says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  24. Janet Bokelberg salbu says:

    So sorry for your loss he was a very kind person and I always admired him.Sending prayers for the family

  25. Shawna Gruber says:

    So sorry for your loss

  26. Valerie j Mecklenburg says:

    So heartbreaking for the whole family. Hugs

  27. John and Nicky Hunt says:

    Sorry for your loss Don will be missed

  28. Peggy and Buck Sleeman says:

    Don wa a great person. Always friendly. So sorry for your families loss.

  29. Sonja McLaughlin says:

    My deepest sympathy to all of the family!! They both were such good and kind people!!! Together they are again!!

  30. Sarah Manning says:

    Don was a great man , always smiling.
    My condolences.