Official Obituary of

Donald "Don" Earl Williams

November 7, 1934 ~ March 12, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Donald "Don" Williams Obituary

Williams, Donald “Don” E. age 89 of Tipp City, Ohio passed away on March 12, 2024 at Upper Valley Medical Center surrounded by family. Don was born November 7, 1934, the only child of Carris and Audrey {Reed} Williams in Springfield, Ohio. He was raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio and attended Bryan High School, graduating in 1953.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Carolyn. Don is survived by his second wife of 47 years; Viola {Stradling-Reid} Williams. They were married August 21, 1976 at Chapel 1 on Wright Patterson AFB with a reception held at the then Civilian Club. He is also survived by children; Mark (Samantha), Robin (Steve) Burleson and grandchildren; Zachary and Emily Burleson; step-children; Debra (Reid) Walters, Pamela Reid and Michael Reid, five step-grandchildren, fourteen step great grandchildren and two step great-great grandchildren, along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Don served in the U.S. Air Force 20 years and 19 days, from April 11, 1955 until his retirement on September 30, 1975. He had several occupations while serving, aircraft maintenance being one, but the one he liked the best was as a Flight Engineer on C-130 aircraft. He flew many combat hours in Southeast Asia and made trips to many foreign countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Africa.

Civilian life found him going to Hobart Welding School and setting up a mobile welding service. But he always told people he “worked for his wife” as they put an addition on their 100 year old house, had it put under roof by a contractor and then took over most of the finishing. He also worked several summers at Wright-Patterson AFB. He took up golfing and enjoyed playing euchre. They traveled to several American Legion Conventions including Hawaii, Salt Lake City, Milwaukee and Nevada, visited friends and made several trips to the Smoky Mountains and Branson.

Don joined the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a life member in both. He became very active in the American Legion serving in various offices including Commander at Post 286, New Carlisle and at Post 586, Tipp City. He helped with meals and served on the Firing Squad for funerals. He served one year as Assistant Sgt-at-Arms for the Department of Ohio and Finance Officer for the Third District.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2024 at the American Legion Post 586, 377 N. Third St., Tipp City, Ohio 45371. Friends may call from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM. Please join us and share your memories. A tribute service will be held at 4:00 PM. Interment will occur at a later date. If desired, donations may be made in Don’s memory to the American Legion Post 586. Arrangements have been entrusted to Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Celebration of Life
April 14, 2024

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
American Legion Post 586
377 N. Third St.
Tipp City, OH 45371

Memorial Service
April 14, 2024

4:00 PM
American Legion Post 586
377 N. Third St.
Tipp City, OH 45371


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