Posted 3/03/10 (Wed)
Funeral services for Eugene Williamson of Willmar and Watford City, N.D., were held on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris, Minn. Father Peter VanderWeyst officiated. Visitation was held on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, and for one hour prior to the services on Friday. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Morris. Military rites were provided by the Morris American Legion, VFW, and AmVets.
Eugene E. Williamson, son of Lyle and Rose (Beyer) Williamson, was born Aug. 20, 1932, at his parent’s home in Appleton, Minn. He attended numerous rural schools before graduating from Morris High School in 1950. Following his schooling, Eugene became a member of the National Guard, which was activated to the United States Army and served in the Korean Conflict from 1950 to 1952. Following an honorable discharge, he returned home and was united in marriage to Armella Nagl on June 20, 1954, in Morris. The couple made their home in West Fargo, where Gene continued his education at Moorhead State, graduating with a teaching degree. He taught in Grenora, Alexander, Arnegard and Watford City, N.D.
Gene received this Masters Degree from the University of Montana. His first Elementary Principal position was in Stanford, Mont., from 1975 to 1979. He then returned to Watford City until retiring in 1994 after 33 years in education. Gene enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and spending winters in Arizona. He especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Eugene, 77, died on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at the Manor in Paynesville, Minn.
He is survived by his special friend: Beverly Stowell of Paynesville; one daughter: Beth (Perry) Winkler of Beulah, N.D.; one son: Michael (Midge) Williamson of Kennesaw, Ga.; three grandsons: Jesse Carter of Mandan, N.D., Nick Carter of Rapid City, S.D., and Jacob Williamson of Kennesaw, Ga.; and two step-children: Kacey and Korey Winkler.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; step-father Axel Thorson; one son-in-law, Bob Carter; one brother, Dwayne, and one sister, Vera.
Pallbearers for the service were: Jesse Carter, Nick Carter, Gerry Engquist, Lynn Engquist, and Kurt Engquist.
To send condolences to the family, visit Pedersen Funeral Home’s website at www.pedersenfh.com and click on obituaries.