Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 21, 2013

Wilbur 'Will' Jack Williamson

ANN ARBOR — Will passed away peacefully on Nov. 2, 2013, in Ann Arbor. Will was born Oct. 7, 1933, in Roaring Spring, Pa., to Paul and Ada (Black) Williamson.

Will lived most of his life in the Pontiac/Lake Angelus area before retiring to Traverse City in 1988 with his wife, Karen (Sloan) Williamson.

Will was a graduate of Pontiac High School (1952), a veteran of the Korean War (Staff Sergeant E-5), serving from 1953 to 1955, a graduate of the University of Detroit School of Business (1968) and a member of Delta Sigma Pi fraternity.

Will retired from General Motors Tech Center in Warren after 30 years.

Will embraced life. He enjoyed people and maintained an active lifestyle that included golf, tennis, boating and traveling with friends and family. He accomplished a life goal of visiting all 50 states in the U.S.A. Will loved music and played the piano for family and friends throughout his adult life.

He was involved in many facets of his community and volunteered his service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Habitat for Humanity, Elks, Kiwanis, Port of Old Mission and a host of other organizations.

Will was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Audrey Williamson; brother, Gerald Williamson in 2001; his wife, Karen Williamson in 2007; and his son, Harold Williamson in 2010.

He is survived by his brother, Allen Williamson (Georgia); his children, Kathleen Williamson-Rachwal (Scott Healy), Scott Williamson, Deborah Zahn (Larry), Craig Sloan (Shirley) and Carla Garwood (Duane); and grandchildren, Heather Williamson, Ryan Williamson, William Rachwal, Brandon Rachwal, Brenna Rachwal, Katherine Healy, Eryn Healy, Camille Sloan, Cameron Sloan, Paige Garwood and Brett Garwood.

A memorial service will be held in celebration of his life at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1050 Peninsula Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or Arbor Hospice.

Please visit Will’s personal webpage to leave a memory at

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