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Neal E. Red Williams, 69

Neal E. "Red" Williams, 69, well-known Wyalusing businessman, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital with his loving spouse at his side.

Red was born on June 17, 1941 in Dornsife, PA, a son of the late Herlan R. and Cora Helen Treon Williams. He graduated from the Mahanoy Joint High School, a member of the Class of 1959. He came to Wyalusing as a loader operator on the renovation of Rt. 6 where he met his wife, the former Doris Canfield. They were married in the United Methodist Church on Dec. 4, 1963 by the pastor, Rev. Richard Wenzel.

His career began by driving truck for Bert Williams in Towanda before taking a trucking job for Welles Mill Co. hauling gasoline. His position later evolved, and he became the Heating Technician and worked there for 24 years. In 1977, he started the area's first self-serve gas station. In 1991, with the encouragement of Cap and Linc Welles, he purchased property on Route 6 from the Jack Welles estate and built "Red's Mobil Service Station," which was sold in 2001 and is now known as Penmart.

He was very active in his community and was a charter member of the Wyalusing Lions Club, which was formed in 1974. He received special recognition for his role as Zone Chairman and was awarded the Melvin Jones Award in 2004. As a faithful Lion, in his passing, he donated his corneas to the Northeast Eye Bank to give his sight to another. He was also an 18- year member of Wyalusing Lodge # 618 F. & A.M.

Red loved spending time with his family and friends, whether it was going on their annual family "Christmas Trip" or tinkering around in his garage with Ed Bidlack. He loved spending time in the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also had a great love for animals, especially his old dog, Kokey.

Surviving are his spouse, Doris at home; a son, Eric (Becky) Williams of Zachary, LA; niece, Sue Williams of Halifax, PA; brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Shirley Canfield of Laceyville; special niece and nephew, Diane (Bob) Betsko of Sun Lakes, AZ; nephew, Russ (Marilyn) J. Canfield of Laceyville; nephew, Roger (Marian) Canfield of Mehoopany; eight great-nephews; one great-niece; four great-great nephews and several cousins.

He was predeceased by his mother and father-in-law, Olin and Lulu Canfield; his brother, Dallas; niece, Judy and her husband, Dennis Gutshall; sister-in-law, Ethel and brother-in-law Olin Canfield, Jr.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. at the Wyalusing United Methodist Church with the Rev. Penney M. Rahm, his pastor, officiating.

Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Donations can be made in Red's memory to the Bradford County Humane Society, PO Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850, or to a local charity of one's choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing.

To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to www.homerfuneralhome.com.

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