Michael Dee Lee Williams
Please join us for a memorial service to celebrate the life of Michael DeeLee Williams. We will gather together on Friday, November 25, 2022 at 4:30 pm at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 3601 Westtown Pkwy. in West Des Moines, Iowa, to remember our wonderful father who will be greatly missed. Please bring your favorite memory of Michael to share with family and friends.
Michael DeeLee Williams, master of his domain, king of his castle, passed away peacefully surrounded by his beloved children on March 21, 2022, the first day of spring.
Michael was born to Mabel and Charles Williams on February 23, 1954, and was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
He was a winter baby and he was walking and loving the season. He always looked forward to the annual family studies of the strength competition and the celebration of the Festival.
The first in his family to attend college, Michael graduated from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, with a focus on family business management. Michael worked his way through college delivering Pizza Hut pancakes, and eventually became the store manager. He was later promoted to Yum! Brands corporate management where he worked for most of his life. Michael has spent his career in quality control and customer satisfaction, taking great pride in customer success with a positive “moffin to ya top” attitude. One of his career highlights was serving as a consultant to Vandelay Industries in developing import/export strategies.
Michael loved sports — playing, watching, learning history, all of it. He was a vital fan of the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bears, and New York Yankees, traveling to see the teams win championships. In 2008, Micheal played the last game at Yankee Stadium before it closed.
The happiest thing in Michael’s life was being a father to his two sons, Jeremiah and Christopher, whom he raised while living in West Des Moines, Iowa. He enjoyed attending their sports and plays and theater throughout middle school. Michael was never a “Big Sam” type of guy, he enjoyed a kidney shaped steak and a good conversation with his boys.
Michael traveled extensively across the country as part of his job, but always enjoyed taking weekend trips with his boys. Two memorable trips include Christmas in Colorado to ski and snowboard, and a fall trip to New York City. According to Michael’s lifestyle, when you can, they saw David Letterman, two Broadway shows, a Yankees game, ate at Seinfeld’s iconic restaurant (Tom’s restaurant), yada yada.
Michael is survived by two sons, Jeremiah of Boulder, Colo., and Christopher and Bear of Minneapolis. He was preceded in death by his father Charles, his mother Mabilius, his sister Susanna Staab, and his grandfather Milonis.
The intimate ceremony for Michael’s ashes in Hawaii, a place Michael wanted to visit, but did not get the opportunity in this life, is scheduled for next February.