Churchill T. Williams, 89, son of Charles and Cordelia Williams, was born Nov. 18, 1915, at Houston. He died Nov. 15, 2005, at Mercy Living Plus in Oelwein, Iowa, after a lengthy illness.His parents died when he was 10, and he went to live with a sister at Dallas Center, Iowa, and later with the Burkett family.He attended Iowa State Teachers College, graduating with a degree in education and sports. After graduation, he taught high school agriculture and shop at Morning Sun, Iowa. He also coached basketball and baseball.He worked at Brenton State Bank at Dallas Center, Iowa.He married Marval Fern July 27, 1942.Mr. Williams was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps as a B-24 Liberator pilot. He was stationed in the South Pacific (New Guinea). He was a first lieutenant in the 90th Bomb Group and was awarded an Air Medal, Silver Star and the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Campaign Ribbon with three Bronze Stars. Out of many crews of pilots, he was one of the only survivors. He also served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in California.After leaving the military, he returned to Iowa and re-entered the banking business. He and William Palmer “”Buck”” Wilson founded the Oelwein State Bank in January 1946. He spent his life forming and guiding the operations at the bank. He retired as president and owner Dec. 31, 1988.Mr. Williams was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where he served on many committees. He was also a member of Ross Reid American Legion Post No. 9, Hebron Masonic Lodge No. 374 A.F. and A.M., York Rite, El Kahir Shrine, Oelwein Tin Lizzies, No. 374 Luncheon Club, was a past president of Mercy Hospital of Franciscan Sisters and Mercy Hospital Foundation boards, longtime Oelwein Rotary Club member, past member of the board of directors of Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa; Iowa Bankers Association, Herbert Hoover Library board and the boards of Upper Iowa University and the University of Northern Iowa. He was the National American Legion finance chairman for 25 years and a delegate from the state of Iowa Republican Party. He was a strong supporter of Oelwein including high school scholarships and the Williams Center.He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Hazel; and four brothers, John, Herbert, Willis and Glenn.Surviving is his wife of Oelwein, Iowa.Services were Nov. 18 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein, Iowa, with the Rev. Darwin Moore officiating. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein under the direction of Schmitz Funeral Home of Oelwein. “

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