Rodney L. Williams
Date of Birth
April 24, 1946
Wahoo, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
May 11, 2021
Rural Ithaca, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Friday, May 14, 2021 ~ 10:00 a.m.
United Methodist Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Interment at Zion Lutheran Cemetery ~ Ithaca, Nebraska

*The funeral will be live streamed on Marcy Mortuary Facebook page

Visitation Directions

Thursday, May 13, 2021 ~ 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
United Methodist Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska


United Methodist Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska or Gideons International

Rodney L. Williams, 75, of rural Ithaca, NE, entered into rest on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at his home.

God brought Rodney Lee Williams into the world on April 24, 1946 in Wahoo, NE to Richard and Marjorie (Moline) Williams.   Rod attended school at Wann, Memphis and graduated from Ashland-Greenwood High School.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

On June 13, 1970 God united Rodney and Audrey (Fick) together in marriage at Mead, NE.  They lived in Falls City while Rod was employed with Farmer’s National.  In April 1976 they moved back to Ithaca where Rod farmed until his death.  He and Audrey were blessed with four children, Valerie, Gregory, Annette, and Nicholas.

Over the years Rod was active as a board member on many community boards and as a deacon in his church, as well as being a Gideon for many years.

Rod reminded others that the greatest blessing in his life was coming to know Jesus as his Savior in the mid 1980’s.  From that point, Rodney lived his life for Jesus Christ and Christ alone.  It was this faith and hope that saw him through his last days with peace.

He is survived by wife, Audrey Williams; children, Valerie (Jeff) Gerdes, Greg (Tammy) Williams, Annette (Andrew) Rinaldi and Nick (Serena) Williams; 15 grandchildren; brother, Wayne (Lorine) Williams; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Keith Jurgensen, Merlin (Marcia) Fick, Eileen (Glenn) Chvatal and Don (Lois) Fick; many other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by parents, Richard and Marjorie Williams, sisters, Rita Williams and Bonnie Jurgensen.

Condolences for Rodney L. Williams
  1. Donna Stack
    • May 11, 2021 - 1 year ago

    The legacy of this father lives on in the lives of his children and grandchildren. What a godly heritage they have been blessed to have. Blessings and comfort to all the family.

  2. Ray Elwood
    • May 11, 2021 - 1 year ago

    As with many, Rod was extremely instrumental in my walk with Jesus Christ. We will miss him here, but I can only imagine his happiness and look forward to seeing him again.

  3. Joe Baldassare
    • May 11, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Audrey, and family, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Rod was such a fine gentleman. I always enjoyed visiting with him whenever we happened to run into each other (at school, at farm shows or wherever) He always made time to visit with me. Rod was so proud of his children’s families and accomplishments and always brought me up to date. I will surely miss our visits. May God bless you and comfort you all, in your time of grief.

  4. Scott Forbes
    • May 11, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Mr. Williams will be missed. I wish to convey my sorrow at his passing into heaven to his family, especially Greg, who was my friend and neighbor during the time I lived down the road in the acreage near Ashland.

  5. John Lemon
    • May 11, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Audrey and family we are so sorry to hear about Rod’s passing. What a great guy! We all go back a Long Way, God bless! John and Peggy Lemon

  6. John Peterson
    • May 12, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Audrey: I was so sorry to see this on the board in Wahoo. My condolences & sympathies to you & your family. You are in our prayers.

  7. Jerry spech
    • May 12, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Rod, what can I say, one of the nicest guys I ever met. I first met Rod as young fella at the Ashland Gun Club along with his entire family. We became great friend and fellow trap shooters. Rod was a crack shot and could shoot with the toughest shooter around. I’ll always remember his Remington wigmaster shotgun. God Bless Audrey and family, will alway remember my friend Rod.

  8. Richard Newcomer III
    • May 12, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Our Condolences to Audrey and the entire Williams family.

    Rick and Tammy Newcomer

  9. Steve & Sandy Richardson
    • May 12, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Audrey and family we were so sorry to hear about Rod’s passing. We had such nice visits when you and Rod came to our house with my folks, Henry and Georgia Lamprecht. We would
    walk our yard and talk about the garden and how to prune trees and everything in between. God Bless you all and keep your memories close to your hearts !!!!!!!

  10. Pastor Lyle and Diane Person
    • May 12, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Prayers and condolences to all of you at this time of grief. Lord bless you in the memory of a life well lived.

  11. Bill & Twyla Mentzer
    • May 12, 2021 - 1 year ago

    We are wishing the very best for the Williams family as they grieve. Our prayers and memories are with you.

  12. John Lemon
    • May 12, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Here we go again losing another wonderful person way too soon! What a great guy! Prayers to you and your family John

  13. Larry Moline
    • May 13, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Rod a dear cousin, actually he was more than that, he was a dear brother in Christ. We talked, texted & prayed much over the years even though we were 600 miles between us, Audrey was a wonderful wife to Rod a great Mother to their children, whom I love and watched growing up into God fearing adults.
    May God always smile upon their children

  14. Rod and Laura Gray
    • May 13, 2021 - 1 year ago

    We are praying for your family! Rodney and you all have a special place in our hearts. Lots of fond memories from Mead Covenant Church and our country life style. Rodney was a wonderful Christian influence in our lives!!!

  15. Lee and Dica Chipperfield
    • May 14, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Rodney was a pleasant man to know. We are very sorry for your loss!

  16. LeRoy & Shirley Dvorak
    • May 15, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Dear Audrey & Family, so sorry to hear the loss of Rodney ! Our thoughts & prayers to you & the Family !

  17. Gloria Pike
    • May 15, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Audrey I don’t have the words to say how sad I am for you and your family. Rod was not only a real Christian man but such a great husband and father. I remember Rod speaking at Dick Kunkle’s funeral. His message was from the heart of Jesus. My love, Hugs, and Prayers go out to you and your family. I did not know that Rod had passed until Friday afternoon. If I had known I would have been there to let you know how much you mean to to me and give you That special hug we always share. Rod and you had such a great Faith which witnessed to me! Love you!💙

  18. Ed & Barb Malina
    • May 16, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Audrey and family: Our deepest sympathy to you in the loss of Rodney. Our thoughts and prayers to your family.

  19. Virgina Clark
    • May 17, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Audrey and family, Just heard today about yr awesome Husband / Father . So very sorry for yr lose. I can’t say anything you guys don’t already know . I well always remember him as a kind and gentle man. He was one of a kind and so pleasant. So very sorry

  20. Vana Rogers
    • May 17, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Audrey and Family:

    Thinking of you with deepest sympathy. Rodney such a great person. Hold close those great memories.

    Ivan Rogers and family

  21. Lorna Reeves
    • May 17, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Audrey and Family,
    I am so saddened to hear of Rod’s passing. We were out of town and did not know until later last week, he was taken home to heaven.
    You have spent decades caring for so many who have lost loved ones, I pray you will find comfort, peace and love from all who are praying for you at this difficult time.
    with much love and care,
    Lorna and Jerry Reeves

  22. Frank & Cathy Palmer
    • May 26, 2021 - 1 year ago

    Audrey & Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Sending our love and prayers to you and the family! You’ve been gone from Falls City a long time, but we have fond memories of you both! Prayers for comfort and peace.

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