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James J. Williams

James J. Williams, 96, of Roanoke, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at Story Point Assisted Living in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Williams was a 1942 graduate of Roanoke High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946.

He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Roanoke and American Legion Post 160 of Roanoke. He was the founder of Economy Machine Products in Roanoke in 1954, retiring in 1971. He farmed for 15 years following his retirement.

He was born on May 17, 1924, in Huntington County, to James V. and Zola M. Zent Williams. He married Betty Z. Hollenbaugh on March 1, 1945, in Auburn. She preceded him in death on Jan. 19, 2021.

Survivors include a daughter, Tamara S. Williams, of Garrett; a daughter-in-law, Jean Williams, of Columbia City; a brother, D. Richard (Norma) Williams, of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Randall Williams.

Private family services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Roanoke. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Interment will be at the Glenwood Cemetery in Roanoke.

Memorials may be made out to Faith Lutheran Church or Visiting Nurse and Hospice, both in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington, IN 46750.

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