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George Edward Williams, 70, of Cole Camp, died Saturday, June 14, 2008, at Bothwell Regional Health Center.

He was born Feb. 19, 1938, in Aurora, Neb., a son of Max and Eleanor George Williams. On Aug. 18, 1994, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, he was married to Wilma Kipp Balke, who survives of the home.

He was baptized as a young child at First Christian Church in Aurora. In the spring of 1951, he moved to Humansville. He was a 1956 graduate of Humansville High School.

He was a printer most of his life. His career began in the family print shop, where he worked for his father. His first job at a print shop was in Sidney, Neb. He did an apprenticeship for Western Typesetting in Kansas City, where he earned a Union Journeyman card.

He continued to work at several places in the Kansas City area and later moved to Warrensburg, where he became the foreman of a print shop and sold advertising for the Warrensburg Star Journal. On July 4, 1971, he purchased the Lincoln New Era, Cole Camp Courier and the Shopper’s Guide newspapers. He owned and operated the papers. He covered numerous stories and took several pictures of local events. He sold them in 1985. 

He owned and operated Williams Press, a commercial printing business in Lincoln, and ran the presses until his health would not allow him to continue.

He enjoyed traveling. He and his wife visited more than 37 different states, along with Mexico and Canada. He enjoyed watching Missouri Tigers football and basketball. If he wasn’t watching a sporting event on television, he was playing card games with his friends. He enjoyed getting away and going to the horse, dog or car races. 

On Aug. 13, 2005, the 10th anniversary of his kidney transplant, he was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, where he remained a member.

He was active in community affairs. Through the years, he had served as an officer for both the Cole Camp and Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of Lincoln Chamber of Commerce industrial committee and Lincoln Community Betterment Committee. He was on the board of directors for the Cole Camp swimming pool, Cole Camp Senior Housing and KMOS-TV Channel 6. He assisted with one of the first Cole Camp Community Betterment committees.

He was a member of the Missouri Press Association and a past member of the Eagles Lodge in Clinton. While surrounded by his family, friends and classmates, he was inducted into the Humansville Hall of Fame on June 28, 2003.

Also surviving are a daughter, Nan Howell, and her husband, Eddie, of Chandler, Ariz.; two sons, Jeffrey Williams, of Kansas City, and Carl Williams, and his wife, Dee, of Lincoln; three stepchildren, Scott Balke and Gary Balke, both of Cole Camp, and Lorraine Larson, and her husband, Steve, of Warsaw; a sister, Eleanor Kearney, of Rogers, Ark.; a brother, Charles Williams, of Pasadena, Calif.; a granddaughter, Mia Moa, of Chandler; and three stepgrandchildren, Lauren Campbell, of Texas, Dennis Larson and Calli Larson, of Warsaw.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, with the Rev. Todd Kollbaum officiating. Pallbearers will be Scott Kearney, Gary Kearney, Jamie Krier, Rick Renno, David Decker, Steve Williams, Robert Farrington, Robert Wienberg, Junior Weinberg, Kent Kullman and Gordon Weatherby. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Cole Camp.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Friday at the church.

The family suggests contributions to Trinity Lutheran New Church Debt Reduction Fund or the Missouri Kidney Foundation, in care of Fox Funeral Home in Cole Camp.

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