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Lee Alexander McWilliams

May 6, 1929 ~ June 26, 2018 (age 89)

Mr. Lee A. McWilliams, 89, of DeWitt, Iowa, died Tuesday evening, June 26, 2018, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.

Lee Alexander McWilliams was born May 6, 1929, in LeClaire, Iowa, to Louis and Olive (Suiter) McWilliams.  He was 1947 graduate of LeClaire High School.  On September 5, 1951, he was united in marriage to Myrle L. Olson at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, rural Calamus where he was baptized and confirmed on September 12, 1951.  Lee served in the Signal Corp of the United States Army during the Korean War.  He was employed for 40 years at J.I. Case Company, Bettendorf and retired in 1987.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, DeWitt.  Lee's hobbies were hunting, fishing, traveling, the Iowa Hawkeyes and St. Louis Cardinals.

Surviving are his loving wife of nearly 67 years, Myrle; children, Mark (LuAnn) McWilliams of Anamosa, Steve McWilliams of DeWitt, Lori Wheelen of Debary, Florida, Becky (John) Hansen and Todd (Karen) McWilliams of DeWitt and Debra McWilliams of Helena, Alabama; grandchildren, Andrea (Heath) Anderson, Christine (Dave) Riddell, Regina (Shannon) Brown, Andrew (Melissa Friddle) Bopes, Amanda (Allen) Ketelsen, Rachael (Chris) O'Donnell, Jessica McWilliams, Jacob McWilliams, Taylor (Matthew) Kilian, Abbey (James) Hurning and Matthew McWilliams; great-grandchildren, Nathan and Kaylee Wheelen, Maverick, Noah and Autumn Brown, McLain Ketelsen, Callahan Hurning and Conner, Zach and Kinley Riddell; a brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gary and Carol Olson and Vallene Olson; numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Lee in death were his parents; a granddaughter, Jenni Bopes; brothers, Louis and Joseph; a sister, Olive Knapper and brother-in-law, Dale Olson.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 29, 2018.  A Service of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church, DeWitt with the Rev. Ron Rafferty officiating.  Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt.  In lieu of other expressions of sympathy memorials are preferred to Grace Lutheran Church or the charity of the donor's choice. 

Pallbearers will be Andrew Bopes, Jacob McWilliams, Matthew McWilliams, Allen Ketelsen, Ross Olson and Walter Knapper.  Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Olson and Dick Wales.

Condolences may be expressed and a photo tribute viewed at www.schultzfuneralhomes.com.

 

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