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304 South Main Street
Minot, ND  58701

Phone: (701) 838-2832
Toll Free: 1-800-228-3588
Fax: 1-701-838-6949
Email: thomasfh@minot.com

E. John Williams

E. John Williams, 84, Minot, ND died Thursday, March 8, 2018 at a Minot Hospital.

Edward John Williams was born July 16, 1933 at Port Arthur, Ontario, the son of Edward and Ivy (Huckstepp) Williams. He was raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario and graduated from Port Arthur Collegiate Institute in 1952.

John worked for a year at CKPR Radio in Fort William, Ontario before moving to Winnipeg, Manitoba where he worked for four years at CKY Radio.

He moved to Minot, ND in 1959 where he was a longtime employee at KCJB Radio and KXMC Television as a news reporter. He retired on March 1, 2000 and remained a resident of Minot, ND.

John was a member of All Saints\' Episcopal Church, Minot where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, vestry member, and past senior warden of the church. John was recognized in his vocation and received the Pioneer Award presented for creative excellence in TV and Radio in 1999 from the North Dakota Broadcaster’s Association. John would tell of his Vietnam experience in 1966 when he interviewed the local veterans from the Minot area, as the highpoint of his broadcasting career.

John enjoyed traveling, motorcycling, photography, and collecting media in the form of music and movies.

John’s family includes, his twin brother; Charles Michael (Shirley) Williams of Winnipeg, Manitoba; two sisters: Mary (Dan) Langille of Trail, British Columbia and Margaret (Jim) Ward, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Service: Monday, March 26, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in All Saints\' Episcopal Church in Minot.
Visitation: Friends may sign a memorial register book on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials are preferred to a charity of the donor’s choice.


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MessageSorry, to lose John Williams, a good neighbor that was always good to visit with. The last few years his health was a big concern as it is for all of us as we age. Enjoyed our frequent, yet brief neighborly talks as we would come and go as we live next door to him in the Westfield Circle Condos. His voice was always a joy to hear. What a gift he had. I too was born in St Catherine's Ontario, Canada...although we never knew each other until our move here in 2011. As neighbors we shared the tough flood that destroyed the bottom floors of our units and much of our contents. Through it all John remained positive and hopeful for a complete recovery. John is the same age as my father and Ginger's Mom, and we need to spend more time with them. Time is too short for time lost with our love ones.
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MessageTo the Williams Family, my deepest sympathy.What grand memories I carry of John,....so much the gentleman with the golden voice, gentle manner and a fine family. It was an honour to know him. God Bless you all.
Doug Gould.
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MessageWe were John's neighbors in Westfield Circle many years ago, so fun to get to know the "man" on the radio. Minot was lucky to have him on the air.
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MessageWhat a surprise to see the "Williams" name in our local paper. I lived next door to you on Rockwood Avenue. My parents were Esther and Bill Koski. I remember your parents, Ted and Ivy. I think Mary and Margaret may have baby sat me. I remember John by name, but when I saw his picture I do remember him although he graduated from High School when I was only 1 year old. Mostly all of the neighbourhood is now passed on or moved away. There are so many wonderful memories of the families who lived there. My thoughts and prayers to all of you as you remember your brother. May he rest in peace.
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MessageJohn would greet every one when he came on the air in early hours of the morning with "Good weather everyone' no matter what the weather was so we used tease him'''he took it all in good taste..he was nice friendly person..
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Messagewe always tuned our radio to kcjb when john was there . sure enjoyed listening to him for many years.
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MessageWe enjoyed many evening around a campfire at the Downstream Camp ground. We also had a few holiday dinners together in Minot
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MessageI am so terribly sorry for your loss. Worshiping and singing at All Saints Church for 16 years, I grew to know and love John very much. I will miss his always encouraging words, his smile, the twinkle in his eyes, and his faithful heart. Rest in peace dear John.
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MessageI grew up listening to him and one of the reasons I wanted to get into Radio. He will be missed.

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MessageShared some Christmases with John. He was a lovely man.
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MessageSorry to hear about John's passing. I knew him from All Saints Episcopal Church. I also was a paperboy and delivered the Minot Daily News to John when he lived on 7th Street NW. A great guy.
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MessageUncle John was always the cool uncle. So many great memories. Rides on his motorcycle as a kid, lots of trips to the ice cream shop, roller coaster rides, camping trips. May God grant rest eternal unto him.
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MessageI worked with John at KCJB radio from July of 1977 until his retirement in March of 2000. Through the years John and I became good friends and shared stories about our time in radio. We also shared a mutual interest in movies and music. I shall miss him. My condolences go out to his family.
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MessageSorry for your loss. Great announcer
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MessageGod bless John and his family. He and his glorious voice will be missed. He was one of the best friends anyone could wish for. He will be missed.
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MessageVery much enjoyed talking to John when he came to the office. Loved his stories.
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MessageWilliams Family: Sorry to hear of Johns passing. I first met John at the Post Office in Minot in the early 1970's and later became a neighbor friend when I became a condo owner at Westfield Circle Condos, and after moving would occasionally see him. Blessed be his memory.
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MessageGrowing up in the same city and church we had many pleasant get togethers over the past years, and phone chats, one not very long ago. I will miss our chats and friendship.

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