Rodney L. Williams

  • Died: February 26, 2013
  • Location: McPherson, Kansas

Stockham Family Funeral Home

205 N Chestnut
McPherson, KS 67460
Tel. (620) 241-2442

Tribute & Message From The Family

Rodney L. Williams, 73, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson, KS. He had worked for Vanguard Plastics and Viega as a purchasing manager. He served in the U.S. Army and National Guard from 1957 to 1961.

He was born on June 2, 1939, in Big Springs, NE, the son of Carl D. and Leota L. (Knackstedt) Williams. He graduated from McPherson High School in 1957 and attended McPherson College.

On August 17, 1963, he was united in marriage to Barbara K. Layton in Wichita, KS.

He was involved in scouting for over 40 years and was former Scoutmaster for Troop 133. He received the Silver Beaver Award and Vigil of the Order of the Arrow. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include: his wife, Barbara of the home; son, Brad Williams and wife, Carol, of Storm Lake, IA; brothers, Sheldon C. Williams and wife, Barbara, of Reston, VA and LaVerne A. Williams of Houston, TX; two grandchildren, Erich Williams and Samuel Williams; and several nieces & nephews.

Rodney was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gerald Williams.

A visitation is scheduled from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Stockham Family Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Cremation will take place following the visitation.

Memorial donations may be given to BSA Troop 133 in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sad about Rodney s passing i worked with him at Vanguard and he was a nice guy to his family sorry for your loss

Posted by april    July 20, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Rodney's passing. I had the honor of working with him at Vanguard where he taught me a lot! He always brought a laugh to my face. Blessings to you, Barb and Brad, as you go through this difficult time.

Posted by Dinah Swinehart Brock - Beaufort, SC - Friend   March 11, 2013

My sympathies to Barb and Brad. Rodney was a great man and role model. He improved the lives of so many with his involvement in scouting.

Posted by Mike Campbell    March 05, 2013

I have good memories of Rodney from high school days. We weren't close, but we had many nice chats over the years. At the runion last year we had a nice visit. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. I will pray for peace and comfort for all of his family during this time of tremendous loss and in the future. May God watch over you, Barbara.

Posted by Gary Goff - Buckley, WA - high school friend   March 02, 2013

So sorry to hear the news of Rodney's passing. He was a great role model and I learned much from him during my years in Boy Scouts. I have many fond memories of camp outs, hikes and his famous dutch oven cooking.

Barb and Brad, we will keep you in our thoughts during this difficult time.

James Bauer and family

Posted by James Bauer - Omaha, NE - Friend through Scouting   March 02, 2013

Barb and Family

Rodney will be missed, thanks for sharing him with us and with Troop 133.
Our prayers are with you.

James Seely and Family

Posted by James Seely - McPherson, KS - Friend / Scouts   March 02, 2013

A man with a rough, gruff exterior that hid his teddy bear heart with a love for his boys in the troop that somehow always came through. He will be missed by many. My heart is sad that more boys won't get to know him and appreciate him.

Posted by Robin Reed - MCPHERSON, KS   March 01, 2013

Rodney was a wonderful man who provided those of us in Scout Troop 133 a lot of fun along the way. My heartfelt sympathy to his Family as they work thru this difficult time.

Posted by Kirk Ketcherside    March 01, 2013


Rodney was a wonderful individual. He never forgot a face. I always enjoyed talking with him about old times. He was a great influence in many lives, he will be missed.

Posted by Heath Carlson - Salina, KS - Eagle Scout from Troop 133   February 28, 2013


Barb and family,
Very sorry to hear of Rodney's passing, I wish your family the strength and prayers to get through this sorrowful time. He will be greatly missed by many people.

Posted by Rayleen (Petersen) Layfield - McPherson, KS - friend   February 27, 2013