Edward "Ed" Williams

  • Funeral Date: 6/09/16
  • Funeral Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date of Birth: 10/12/31
  • Date of Death: 6/05/16
  • Funeral Location: Bierman Funeral Home

Edward Earl Williams was born October 12, 1931 in Little Prairie, rural Dundas to Earl and Gyda (Christianson) Williams.  He attended Forest and Little Prairie schools, and graduated from Northfield High School in 1949.  Edward was united in marriage to Arlene Adelle Boyum on July 22, 1952 in Mannheim, Germany.  He was stationed there with the US Army after enlisting in January 1951 with 4 best friends from Dundas:  Bernard Canedy, Keith Freeman, Norm Wicklund and brother-in-law-to-be Stan Boyum.

Ed had a natural aptitude for mechanics and technology all of his life.  He trained at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and was stationed at Sullivan Barracks, Mannheim in the 531 Ordnance Division Direct Support.  He worked as a mechanic and driver for several area businesses including Jake DeMann’s garage, College City Beverage for Jim Hubbard, Elwood Fritz Produce Transit, Taylor and Amundson Trucking, Boe School Buses, Grisim Bus and Benjamin Bus.  He owned and ran 2 turkey trucks and later built 3 Kenworth semi-tractors kits from the ground up.  Ed was on speed dial for any friend or family member that had a question or needed help with their vehicle.  He retired the same day as Arlene on October 2nd, 1992, having been in steady employment for 42 years.

Edward was actively involved in the community of Holy Cross Episcopal Church of Dundas until it was closed by the Diocese.  He was a vestry member for 12 years, and later the church treasurer.

Ed’s hobbies were varied – automobiles, Harleys and other motorcycles, woodworking and furniture building, traveling to State and National Parks, reading, music, hunting and history.  He loved to play a good round of Domino’s with family and friends, and perfected the art of making caramels and fudge, sharing his delicious results with many in the community.  Countless hours were spent in his later years researching in person and by computer his family genealogy.  He had an amazing recall for dates and details of several generations, and loved to share the information with others, especially his sister Helen.


Ed was diagnosed with untreatable cancer in April of 2016.  After a brief hospitalization, he chose to remain at home for his homeward battle.  On Sunday, June 5, 2016, he passed away at the age of 84 with his family at his side.  He is survived by his loving wife, Arlene, of 63 years from Dundas; his daughters, Laurie Williams (and Jesse Streitz) of Faribault, MN, Carrie Williams Mork (and Stan Mork) of Northfield, MN; his son, Jerry Williams of Dundas, MN; 5 grandchildren, Andrew (Heidi) Streitz, Nicholas (Tricia) Streitz, Caleb Williams, Jacob (special friend Tsehay) Williams and Hannah (special friend Todd) Williams Rothausen; and 2 great grandchildren, Casey and Cole.  He is also survived by his sister Helen (John) Hansen of Wahoo, NE; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Norman and Joyce Boyum of Northfield, brother-in-law Neil (Nancy) Boyum, sisters-in-law Arly Boyum of Northfield, Marlys Boyum of Elysian, Jean Larson of Northfield and many beloved nephews, nieces, special cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law, Stanley Boyum and Roger Boyum.


Visitation will be Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 4 PM to 7 PM at Bierman Funeral Home and also one hour prior to the service.  Memorial services for Ed will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 11 AM at Bierman Funeral Home.  Burial will be at Groveland Cemetery in Dundas.  In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Groveland Cemetery in Dundas; Northfield Retirement Community; Northfield Hospice or donor’s choice.  biermanfuneralhome.com


  1. Bobbi Drake Bolton

    We have just heard the news and grieve for the Williams Family. Ed quietly made the rounds in his striped bibs, with a gentle smile and kind word. I think there were many stops at Dundas Post Office, Quality Bakery, Quarterback, and Retirement Center? And, usually, Arlene would be there too. They were a team. We often were entertained at Ed and Arlene’s home following a group meeting we were part of. They would serve a lovely lunch after and it seemed Ed enjoyed it very much, making his special fudge for it and, sometimes, caramels. I think he had quite the sweet tooth! Even though he wasn’t always feeling well himself, he would walk out to the car and help my Mom in. Travel on home, Ed. Dundas will miss you.

    • Arlene Williams

      Bobbi, thank you for your kind words.
      Arlene and family

  2. Linda Lombardo

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very difficult time. Having just recently lost my Dad, William Breckenridge, I understand how difficult this is. I am glad that Ed was able to pass at home. My love and prayers to the family.

    • Arlene Williams

      Linda, Thank you for remembering us in your own time of sorrow.
      Arlene and family

  3. melody werner

    My thoughts and prayers are with Arlene and the whole family. I am so glad he got to stay at home till he was called home. RIP Ed.

    • Arlene Williams

      Thank you so much for thinking of us.
      Arlene and family

  4. Megan Mulligan

    I am so sorry! Thinking of your family during this difficult time! I sure enjoyed chatting with Ed at the bank! Peace and Love to you all! -Megan Mulligan

    • Arlene and family

      Thank you so much for your kind words

  5. As Mom to three of Ed’s grandchildren, I can say with some authority that Ed was the Best Grandpa Ever. It is hard to imagine a better Grandpa and I will be forever grateful that my kids had Ed as their Grandpa for 23-28 years, and have Arlene as their Grandma too. Ed was fiercely loyal to family, and he and Arlene are the foundation of their family. Ed was always kind toward me, and he loved to tease me (always gently!). He will be missed enormously by so many.

    • Arlene Williams

      Your thoughts and support have been so appreciated during this time of sadness for our family. Thanks for being so present.
      Arlene and family

  6. Arlene and family, we grieve with you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • Arlene Williams

      Thank you for your support.
      Arlene and family

  7. Gayle Marsh

    Our thoughts and prayers are sent for Ed, Arlene, Laurie and Jessie and the entire Williams family in your grief.
    May Ed’s soul and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

    Rev. Gayle Marsh on behalf of the Community of All Saints.

    • Arlene Williams

      Thank you for your prayers.
      Arlene and family

  8. Dena jensen eggum

    Very sad to hear the news. His journey here is over. I will miss bumping in to him. I knew him as a bus driver and my customer and friend at the Qb! Off to heaven for coffee with others before you. Blessings and prayers to the family. Hugs Dena

    • Arlene Williams

      Thank you for kind words.
      Arlene and family

  9. Randy Cox

    The obituary mentions that Ed served as Treasurer at Holy Cross. I followed him as Treasurer for a short time. I was not nearly as good as he was at the job, but Ed mentored me and even helped me in preparing the Treasurer’s Report for the monthly Vestry meetings. When I took a trip one month he borrowed the church checkbook and saw to it that the bills were paid on time.

    • Arlene Williams

      Thank you for your kind remembrance of Ed.
      Arlene and family