Marion 'Dennis' Williams
Marion "Dennis" Williams, aged 66, of Aloha, Oregon passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in his home. Dennis was born March 23, 1953 to Percy and Dorothy Williams in Astoria, Oregon. After graduating from Warrenton High School, Dennis served in the Army for four years. Shortly after being honorably discharged, Dennis met the love of his life, Jodi Nickens at a Wednesday night Bible study. Dennis and Jodi knew they were going to get married after only knowing each other for 11 days, and officially wed on November 13, 1982.
Dennis had a strong passion for all things aviation and he enjoyed spending time flying from a young age, never missing an air show in 27 years. He enjoyed launching rockets with his kids and flying RC airplanes. He received his pilot's license from Astoria Flight Service in high school and loved taking Jodi on scenic rides. Among Dennis' many talents, he was also an auto mechanic and worked for Aircraft At Your Call at Hillsboro Airport, Flight Craft at Portland International and Napa Auto Parts for over 20 years.
In the mid-80s, Dennis and Jodi volunteered at the Astoria Rescue Mission where they served meals and Dennis led worship songs for their services. Together, Dennis and Jodi had the opportunity to attend the Billy Graham crusade in Portland and sing in the choir. Dennis was diagnosed with Parkinson's in his early forties, despite being diagnosed at such a young age he continued working and being there for his children and family. Dennis is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jodi Anne Williams; father, Percy Elliott Williams; sister, Linda Hawkins (Patrick); brother, Vernon Edward Williams; 6 children, Justin Elliott Williams (Steffini), Brandon David Williams, Aaron Richard Williams, Vanessa JoyLynn Williams, Christina Loraine Syed (Amar), Nathan Edward Williams; 2 grandchildren, Emillia Rose Williams, Sofia Lynn Williams and numerous aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. A celebration of Dennis' life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at Pegg, Paxson & Springer Funeral Chapel in Beaverton, Oregon.