Former Cozad Resident: Jay Alvin Williams, age 80 (1932-2013)

Jay Alvin (Red) Williams, 80, of North Platte, Nebraska, died April 28th, 2013, at his home.

Jay was born on November 25th 1932, in Cozad, Nebrask,a to George H. and Laura F. Williams. Jay grew up in Cozad and graduated from Cozad High School in 1950. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and was a third degree Knight.

Jay was united in marriage to Wilma (Dolly) Ruby Wehrli on September 6th, 1952, she preceded him in death on November 25th, 1987. To this union was born two daughters, Kristy Linn Williams of Eustis, Nebraska and Jody Lee Williams Cisneros of North Platte, Nebraska.

Jay never knew a stranger and was always friendly to all he met. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Jay started working at the young age of nine carrying out groceries. He had various jobs in Cozad. He worked for Jack and Jill Grocery Store, a carpenter for Leroy Whitehead, delivered furniture for Boerkirchers Furniture Store and worked at Evans Bakery. He then moved to Longmont, Colorado and worked at Walmart.  He transferred to Walmart in Grand Island, Nebraska, before retiring.

Jay married Maxine Kamper Sedlacek on May 23rd, 1992, in Cozad. They had a wonderful life together and had recently moved to North Platte to be with family and friends.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Wilma, a brother, Charles Williams, a sister, Anna Jewel Williams Kloepping, a step-daughter, Gail Sedlacek Potter and three great-step-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Maxine of North Platte; two daughters Kristy Linn Williams of Eustis, Jody (Benny) Cisneros of North Platte; two grandsons Joshua Jay Cisneros of North Platte and Jeffrey Luis ( Alyssa) Cisneros of Lincoln, Nebraska; two great grandchildren  Adalyn Jo Cisneros and Isaac Luis Cisneros of Lincoln; stepsons and wives Stan (Nancy) Sedlacek of Broken Bow, Nebraska, Patrick (Eileen) Sedlacek of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Lynn (Beth) Sedlacek, Lee (Janie) Sedlacek, Gene (Marsha) Sedlacek and Thomas (Merry) Sedlacek all of North Platte; step-daughters Paula Sedlacek of Lincoln, Nebraska, Debra (Ray) Kizer of North Platte, Suzette (Niles) Dodson of North Platte and Sandra (Brad) Jensen of Parker, Colorado; he had 28 step-grandchildren and 46-step-great-grandchildren.

Rosary was Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Carpenter Memorial Chapel.

Mass of Christian Burial will be (today) Thursday, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in North Platte.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at Cozad Cemetery, Cozad.

Carpenter Memorial is in charge of the arrangements.

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