In Loving Memory…

Jack E. Williams

Jack E. Williams, 70, of Sedalia, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.

He was born June 3, 1947, in Chickasha, OK, the son of James Leroy and Ruth (Davis) Williams.

On March 20, 2004, in Eureka Springs, AR, he was married to Peggy L. (Palmer).

Jack was a biology instructor and director of the science and math department at State Fair Community College for thirty years. He earned a Masters degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Jack was a very caring and loyal man, and was always there to help his family and friends. He was a skilled woodworker and especially enjoyed building furniture. He had also built a timber frame workshop all by hand. His other hobbies were landscaping, gardening, hunting, fishing, anything outside, and studying Japanese swords. He was currently re-learning to play the banjo. He loved his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandsons.

Jack was an active member of First United Methodist Church and had a special love for the downtown location and the building of the new church.

Surviving are his wife, Peggy, of the home; a stepdaughter, Kim Ross (Heather), of Sedalia; two grandsons, Bryce Paxton and Aiden Palmer; mother-in-law, Beth Palmer, of Sedalia; two brothers-in-law, Bruce Palmer (Pat), of Sedalia, and Tom Palmer, of Sedalia; three step-brothers, Jerry Williams (Yo), of San Antonio, Jim Williams (Maxine), of Lake of the Ozarks, and Morris Williams, of Cole Camp; nieces Jessica Crecelius (Cory), and Haley Klassing (Ryan), and several other nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a step-brother.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at First United Methodist Church Celebration Center, with Pastor Jim Downing officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the church.

Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church downtown to be used for the gazebo or Thompson site.

Arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home.


  1. Danielle Sawford :

    So sorry for your loss. Jack was a wonderful man. Thoughts and prayers to the family!!

  2. Carla Humphreys :

    Peggy and family. I am so sorry.

  3. Maggie Brauer Roark :

    RIP JACK, prayers to Peggy and family! I have fond memories of you as a high school Classmate, and as one of his students at State Fair. Loved your wit and sense of humor.

  4. Dorothy Schroder :

    Peggy and family, I send you prayers of comfort and strength. There will never be another Jack and I enjoyed working with him at SFCC.

  5. Kathy Johnson :

    Peggy ~
    I am so sorry to hear about Jack. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. He was one of my favorite instructors when I went to SFCC. Kathy Johnson

  6. John & Donita Shipman :

    Jack was such a kind and caring man. Always greeted people with a smile. So sorry for your loss Peggy.

  7. Susie. Goldsmith :

    Jack was a great guy and I loved him as a teacher! Prayers Peggy and family.

  8. Rose McMullin :

    My thoughts and prayers are with youand your family. Jack was a nice gentleman and teacher. Sorry for your loss

  9. Sorry to hear of your loss, Peggy. He was one of the smartest people I’ve known.

  10. Maggie Schaffer :

    You are in my prayers.

  11. Gary and Lisa Eck :

    Jack, you will be missed more than you could ever know.
    Love and prayers to Peg and family. Our hearts are broken with yours.

  12. Jackie Baker :

    Haven’t seen Jack for years yet feel like it was just yesterday. Such a great human being. Smart..kind…funny. Just a super good guy. My thoughts are with his family.

  13. Debbie Murray :

    Peggy, so sorry to hear this. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  14. Jody Pritchard :

    Jack was always so friendly. He’ll be missed by many. Condolences to the family.

  15. Tony Sahlfeld :

    So very sorry for your loss.
    Jack was one of the best people I had the good fortune to meet.

  16. Chris and Lynn Payne :

    Many thoughts and prayers, so sorry for your loss.

  17. Chris Shull :

    So sorry for your loss! Jack was my instructor many years ago at SFCC and really enjoyed his classes! He was so intelligent he was way above most of his students but always willing to help anyone who asked! He was a great landscaper and gardener as well! He will be missed!

  18. Heather Ives :

    He was my favorite teacher at SFCC. He was always willing to help his students. He will be missed.

  19. Jamie Webner :

    I know he was an outstanding husband, father, and grandfather. He was admirable in countless ways. I love you Peggy. With great regret, I won’t be in state for the funeral. I lit a candle under the moonlight last night. My heart aches for you.

  20. Laura Gudenschwager :

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. Greg Koetting :

    I’m sorry for your loss. I hadn’t seen him since I took his Biology class in 1977. I didn’t like the subject but liked him and have fond memories of him making me dissect a baby pig, etc.

  22. Estella Frazier :

    Peggy, sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  23. Darren and Stephanie Lefevers :

    Jack was such a special person. I am especially saddened at his loss and am praying for your peace and comfort, Peg. You were the love of his life as he had said many, many times. We will miss him terribly.

  24. Arvella Arbwi e :

    Jack was a great guy, wonderful teacher, and all around fantastic. Sorry to hear of his passing. Thoughts and prayers for his family. R.I.H.

  25. Shari Ann Leeman :

    I am so very sorry for your loss, Peggy. I don’t know of anyone who didn’t like Jack. He was my biology teacher at SFCC. Though I really wasn’t a science person, he made the class fun and interesting. He was always willing to explain things as long as it took for his students to understand. My sincere sympathies to you and your entire family.

  26. Debbie Eppes, AccuQuest Hearing Centers :

    Peggy, I am so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He was always very pleasant each time I saw him. In light of the problems he was experiencing he kept an excellent and positive attitude. I will miss his smiling face around here. My deepest and sincere sympathies to you and your family.

  27. Peggy and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I saw Jack not long ago, he told me you were the light of his life!!! He was a wonderful man, a really great teacher (hated his tests, but you knew your stuff when you got thru his classes) and he really enjoyed life. He will be missed!

  28. Carol Caldwell :

    Sorry for your loss. I had him as an instructor at SFCC.

  29. So sorry for your lost. Mr. Williams was one of my favorite SFCC instuctors.

  30. Janet Proctor :

    My sympathy to the family.

  31. Kathy And Jimmy Page :

    You and your family are in my Prayers! Sorry for your loss.

  32. Denise Stratman Knight :

    So sorry for your loss, your family will be in our prayers.

  33. Jim Spencer :

    Jack was one of my teachers in 1979 and we all liked him very much. We called him Trapper Jack Williams. But only among us students. He will be missed.

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