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James Denny Williams

December 5,1919 ~ January 04, 2019

Service: January 09, 2019 1:00 PM
   Location: Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel
Graveside Service: January 09, 2019 2:00 PM
   Location: Sunset Hills Cemetery - Bozeman

Bozeman lost one of its native sons from the “Greatest Generation.”  Denny Williams left this world early Friday morning, January 4th.   He lived at his home on the corner of Villard & Third Street for over 65 years, until December 30th, when he was hospitalized prior to his passing.

Denny was born in Bozeman, on December 5, 1919, to Don and Rosa Williams.  He attended Bozeman and Belgrade schools prior to graduating from Gallatin County High School in 1940. 

Denny enlisted in the U.S. Navy Seabees in 1942.  In January 1943 he was sent to the East Coast and on to New Caledonia with a construction battalion.  One year later, he was transferred to Guadal Canal and in late June, the battalion sailed for Guam in the Marianas Islands.  Denny spent ten months there and watched it grow from a primitive island to a great naval and air base. He saw the B-29 bombers leaving there for Japan.

After 29 months overseas, he returned home on leave.  While he was home in August of 1945, Japan surrendered and in March of 1946, he was discharged from the service.

Denny worked for five years at Montana Flour Mills and then went to work for the Gallatin County Road Department, where he spent the next thirty years. 

In 1947, he purchased a ranch next to his father’s property on the lower Madison.

In 1940, Denny met the love of his life Louise, in Gallatin Canyon.  During the time that Denny was serving in WWII, Louise faithfully kept in touch with him and they later married on June 22, 1947.  They had two daughters and 68 wonderful years together.  

His life-long hobby was restoring his 1930 Plymouth.

In 1982, he retired from the county road department.

Denny was preceded in death by his wife, Louise; parents, and younger sister, Dorothy Ann.  He is survived by his older sister, Donna of Yuma and Bozeman and one brother, Chuck (Roberta) of Three Forks; daughters, Jeanne (Tom) Vogel of Billings and Myrna Williams of Bozeman.  He is also survived by grandson, John Vogel; step grandchildren, Mikaela (Gino) DiBerardinis, Joe Winters and Tara Wegner; Sean Winters and Kathleen (Damian) Harris together with step great grandchildren, Gianna, Miela and Pia DiBerardinis.  He also leaves behind former son-in-law, Mike Winters, special friends Bob and Bardot Arnold, and other extended family.

A special thank you goes to Denny’s personal caregiver, Marsha Thill.

Funeral services will be held at 1 pm Wednesday, Jan. 9th, at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.  Interment with Military Honors will follow in Sunset Hills Cemetery.

Memorials in Denny’s name may be made to Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter or the charity of one’s choice. 

 

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