Kenneth L. McWilliams, age 82, of Carthage, Mo., passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Freeman Hospital.
Ken was born August 5, 1934 in Carthage.
On October 20, 1957, Ken married Mary Miller in Carthage, who survives.
Ken attended school in Carthage and graduated in 1954. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C. He was awarded the Soldier's Medal for Heroism.
Ken retired from Leggett and Platt. He also farmed for many years and enjoyed woodworking in his retirement years.
He was a man of few words but was known for his sense of humor.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Avis McWilliams. and a brother, Robert Lee McWilliams.
He is survived by two sisters, Martha (Mark)Wheat, Huntsville, Ala., and Barbara (Warren) Pendleton, Carthage. Other survivors include four daughters, Pamela (Randy) Doerksen, of Hutchinson, Kan., Debbie (John) Burgi, of Branson, Mo., Diane McWilliams, of Carthage, and Julie (Tom) Ellis of Springfield, Mo. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Addy Burgi, of Jonesboro, Ark., Kevin (Carrie) Burgi, of Joplin, Mo., Kyle Doerksen, of Hutchinson, Chris (Brandy) Ellis, of Neosho, Mo., and Jamie (Chris) Foster, of Exeter, Mo. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren, Hannah Burgi, Ellie Burgi, Olivia Burgi, Trey Foster, Jacob Foster, and Landon Ellis.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at Knell Mortuary, Carthage. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Thursday, March 16, at First Baptist Church, Carthage. Minister Thad Beeler will officiate. Interment will follow the service at Park Cemetery, Carthage.
Memorial gifts are suggested to First Baptist Church in care of Knell Mortuary, 308 W. Chestnut, Carthage, MO, 64836.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary.
Published on  March 14, 2017