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Michael Dee Lee Williams

Michael Dee Lee Williams

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Please join us in commemorating the life of Michael DeeLee Williams. We will meet at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 3601 Westtown Pkwy on Friday, November 25, 2022 at 16:30. In West Des Moines, Iowa, to commemorate our wonderful father who will be greatly missed. Please bring your best memories of Michael to share with your family and friends.

The lord of his realm, king of his castle, Michael DeeLee Williams passed away peacefully among his loving sons on March 21, 2022, on the first day of spring.

Michael was born on February 23, 1954, to Mabel and Charles Williams, and grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

He was a winter baby and loved the season from start to finish. He always looked forward to the family’s annual strength competition successes and the Festivus celebrations.

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The first in his family to go to college, Michael graduated from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, with a business focus. Michael worked at Pizza Hut in college, delivering pizza, eventually becoming a store manager. He was later promoted to Yum! Corporate management of the brands he has worked with throughout his career. Michael has spent his career focusing on quality control and customer satisfaction, and with a positive attitude “to you on the cake”, taking great pride in the happiness of the customers he serves. One of the highlights of his career was Vandelay Industries’ lead advisor in the adoption of import/export strategies.

Michael loved sports – playing, watching, learning history, all of that. He was a lifelong fan of the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bears, and New York Yankees and went on a pilgrimage to see their team win a championship. In 2008, Michael attended the last game played at the Yankee stadium before it closed.

Michael’s favorite thing in life was being the father of his two sons, Jeremy and Christopher, whom he raised while settling in West Des Moines, Iowa. He enjoyed participating in sports (Jeremy) and theater (Chris) endeavors throughout middle school and high school. Michael was never the “Big Salad” type of guy, he liked steak with a pinkish tint and good conversations with his boyfriends.

Michael has traveled extensively across the country as part of his job, but has always enjoyed taking weekend trips with his kids. Two memorable trips include a Christmas in Colorado skiing and snowboarding, and a fall trip to New York. In keeping with Michael’s way of life, two Broadway shows, a Yankees play, have seen David Letterman eat at the iconic Seinfeld cafe (Tom’s restaurant), or dine.

Michael has two sons, Jeremy of Boulder, Colo. and Christopher and his grandson Bear of Minneapolis. Before his death came his father Charles, mother Mabel, sister Susan Staab and granddaughter Milo.

An intimate ceremony to sprinkle Michael’s ashes is scheduled for next February in Hawaii, the place Michael longed to visit but never had a chance to visit in his lifetime.

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