Fred Williams, 79

Fred Williams, 79, of Millsboro, Del., passed away in the care of Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del., on Oct. 26, 2018. He was born in West Pittston, Pa., on Aug. 4, 1939, to the late Thomas Williams and Florence Jacobs Williams.

Williams served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years. He married Julie Diehl in 1962 and raised two children. After his retirement, he continued working as an HVAC mechanic until moving to Delaware in 1995.

Williams had been a longtime member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, as well as the FRA retired association. He loved gardening, golf, classic country music, watching football (he played tackle on his champion football team in high school). He was an avid crabber and loved captaining his pontoon boat on the Indian River. He and his wife crossed the U.S. three times in their RV and loved the adventure.

Williams was a very generous and kind man who loved to tell stories and jokes, and would do anything for anyone in need, often complete strangers. He was loved by all who knew him. He was exceptionally proud of his grandchildren, Cole Anderson, who is a new alumnus of George Washington University, and Ryan Anderson, a freshman at Virginia Tech. He was a “professional grampy.”

Williams was preceded by his brother, Col. Tom Williams, USMC, a decorated veteran interred at Arlington National Cemetery. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Julie D. Williams, and his children, Allyson Yinger and her husband, Greg, of Mt. Airy, Md., and Melanie Anderson, and her husband, Kerry, of Millsboro, Del.

A memorial service with military honors will be conducted on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery chapel, 26669 Patriot’s Way, Millsboro, Del., with the Rev. Dr. James Van Der Wall officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to a charity of the giver’s choice. Condolences may be sent online at