April 26, 1941-July 18, 2007

La Grande - Hank Williams Jr., 66, a musician who was known as Oregon's own Hank Williams Jr., died July 18, 2007, at his home. 

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Summerville Cemetery.  A gathering for family and friends will follow.

Mr. Williams was born April 26, 1941, in La Grande, to Henry Jackson and Verna Neona Shaffer Williams. At age three he picked up his first guitar. Over the years, he learned to play many instruments. At age 12, he was playing for dances at the Rockwall Grange. 

He attended La Grande School and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Afterward, he returned to Oregon and was a musician most of his life. 

He later moved to Portland where he continued with his music and owned and operated his own barbershop. He moved to Carson, Wash., for a few months before returning to La Grande. 

On Aug. 12, 2001, he married Deborah Thompson. 

Mr. Williams enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking, knitting and crocheting. He also enjoyed reading, working on his computer and tying flies. 

He was a member of the Moose Lodge in the Hermiston and Stanfield.   

He is survived by his wife; brother Darrel and his wife Phyllis Williams of Hermiston; sister Shirley and husband Jonnie Gibbs of La Grande; numerous relatives; and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Heart Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, OR, 97850. 

To view the entire obituary or sign the guestbook on-line visit the following link.

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