Pastor Ornan “Dale” Williams personally met Jesus on the morning of August 26, 2020, at The Laurels of Dekalb in Butler, IN.
He was born on August 16, 1935 in Decatur, IL to Ornan A. Williams and Gladys P. (Hays) Williams. Dale was a 1953 graduate of Decatur High School and later received a BA in 1958 from Anderson College and a MDIV in 1962 from the School of Theology at Anderson College.
Dale was first and foremost a man of God and a deliverer of His word. He was a Church of God (Anderson, IN) minister in Auburn, IN; Des Moines, IA; Parkersburg, WV; Mentor, OH; Battle Creek, MI; and Jersey Shore, PA. He also served as an Associate Pastor at the United Methodist Church in Auburn, IN for many years until his retirement. Additionally, he spread His word through music. An outstanding bass, he utilized that talent to lead worship in most of his congregations, to participate in the choirs of several churches, and to implement those skills as a Christian radio announcer for a number of years at WJSA in Jersey Shore, PA. He was also a member of the local Christian group, Heaven Bound, a quartet (sometimes a quintet) that ministered to people through traditional hymns and gospel music. While at Anderson College, he sang in The Contemporaries along with Bill and Danny Gaither, among others.
Dale also had a heart for those in need. Before food banks and social outreach gained the traction it has today, he acted on a conviction from God and organized people and finances to establish The People That Love Center, later called simply The Love Center, a not for the profit food pantry that also served daily meals, provided clothing and household furnishings, and assisted with resume and job search skills for the less fortunate.
Dale was also a very accomplished salesperson. He sold Cutco products to help work his way through college and at different times later in life in addition to selling radio advertising and several other products and services. However, his greatest sales love was the World Book Encyclopedia. He won many district and national awards, the highest in 1994 when he became a charter member of their Heritage Society. Out of a sales force of over 26,000 men and women, Dale was one of the top 125 selected in all North America. He never sold any products or services he didn’t believe in, and/or research heavily.
On June 5, 1964, he married the late Jane (McIntire) Williams who preceded him in death on February 28, 2003. He married the late Joy Maureen Hutton on June 19, 2004. She preceded him in death on January 8, 2020. He loved both wives immensely as well as his sons, daughter in law, stepdaughter, and grandchildren.
He is survived by a son, Anthony “Tony” Williams of LaPorte, IN; a daughter-in-law, Kim Williams of Anderson, IN, a step-daughter, Jacqueline (Casey) Crockett of St. Joseph, MO; 3 grandchildren, Natalie Williams, Emma Williams, and Lucy Williams; 3 step-grandchildren, Joseph (Leslie) Mulraney, Gabrielle (Scott) Lauck, and Dale Crockett; 4 step-great-grandchildren, Alex Mulvaney, Ruby Lauck, Henry Lauck, and Annie Mulvaney; brothers, Ben (Karen) Williams of Savannah, GA and Keith (Shirley) Williams of Aurora, CO; a sister-in-law, Jane (Larry) Reynolds of St. Joseph, MO; and a brother-in-law, Scott (Diane) Hutton of Holts Summit, MO.
He was preceded in death by his parents; both wives; and a son, Christopher Jon Williams, who passed away on March 11, 2017.
A funeral service will be held in Dale’s honor at 11 a.m. (EST) on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at Feller and Clark Funeral Home, 1860 South Center Street, Auburn, IN 46706. Pastors Stuart Kruse and Gary Ausbun will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Auburn.
Family and friends will be received form 4-8 p.m. (EST) at Feller and Clark Funeral Home on Friday, September 4, 2020 and from 10-11 a.m. (EST) prior to the service on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to County Line Church of God, 7716 N County Line Rd E, Auburn, IN 46706.
Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center of La Porte is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.cutlercares.com.