mer Prineville resident Jess L. Williams died Nov. 19 at his home in Salem after a long illness. He was 78 years old.
   He was born July 31, 1923 in Burns to Lee and Lisa Williams. He graduated from Redmond High School where he lettered in basketball and tennis.
   He served in the Marine Corps During WWII and the Korean wars from 1943-51. He was involved in the battle in Saipan-Tinian and the Mariannas and was in the occupation in Japan after the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.
   After the service he married Prineville native Evelyn Risland in 1951 in Reno, Nevada. After they were married they moved to Prineville where he worked for Erickson's Grocery.
   They moved to Salem in 1952 where he sold automobiles for 36 years before retiring.
   His interests included hunting, fishing and golfing. He was a member of the Nazarene Church.
   Survivors include his wife, Evelyn of Salem; daughters, Jeanie and Roger Lindemann of Washington and LeeAnn and Bart Heath of Salem; granddaughters, Nichole Ivie and Tara Lindemann; sisters, Carol Hancock of Powell Butte, Virginia Day of Alvin, Texas, Doris Trautman of Moses Lake, Wash., and Darlene Morrison of South Beach.
   He was preceded in death by one brother Don Williams of Culver.
   Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Parkinson's Association or the Salem Church of the Nazarene.
   Services were held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland on Nov. 26.
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