Darrel ‘Pete’ D. Williams

January 26, 1940


October 7, 2020

Darrel ‘Pete’ D. Williams

January 26, 1940


October 7, 2020

Mr. Williams’ Opus

With great sadness, the family of Pete Williams announces his sudden passing on Oct. 7, 2020, after battling lung cancer. He was 80.

Pete was born in Salt Lake City, and spent his early years there. He moved to Billings and attended Billings Senior High School. In 1962, Pete graduated from Eastern Montana College, majoring in math and science. He began teaching at Shepherd High School that fall, eventually becoming the Principal for 13 years before retiring. He coached track, cross country and football. His teams won five state championships in track and cross country, and he was named Montana Coach of the Year in 1973. Many of his fondest memories were of teaching and coaching young people. Pete’s passion was golf — he won many tournaments, shot his age, and played a round the day before he died.

 Pete is survived by his wife of 32 years, Roberta “Bobbie” Williams; his four children, Suzanne “Suzy” (Kelson) Colbo, Michael “Mike” (Dawn) Williams, D. Bridget Williams (Bryan Lobar) and Janna Williams; his three stepchildren, Anne (Russ) Godfrey, Lisa (Randy) Taylor and Michael “Mike” (Lily) LaBard; his 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; his sister, Sherilyn “Sheri” (Leon) Weimar; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Pete is preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Edna Williams; eight brothers and three sisters, Alfred “Bud” Williams, Keith “Tag” Williams, Jack Williams, Frank “Buss” Williams, Kathryn “Kaye” Higbee, Joel “Joe” Williams, Merial “Mim” Johnson, Bert Williams, Marlene Pederson, Ronnie Paul Williams, and Terry “Ted” Williams; and his grandson, Jacob Dean Gressman.

Due to weather, the celebration of life for Pete is postponed and will be announced in the spring.

To honor Pete’s life, we suggest supporting the Tiger Woods Foundation (tgrfoundation.org). 

Additionally, we extend our heartfelt thanks to all of the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Billings Clinic who attended our beloved during the early morning hours of Oct. 7.

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11 thoughts on “Darrel ‘Pete’ D. Williams”

  1. I am so saddened by this loss. Bobbie, I know your heart is broken. I always thought of Pete as my brother, we shared many parts of our lives. I send my love to you and your beautiful family, and my deepest condolences.

  2. Pete was a great friend during HS and into our future lives. Our family is sending our sympathy and condolences at this very sad time in your and our lives. Haven’t seen Susie and Mike in years but know how hard the times ahead will be. We’re with all of you in this grief journey.

    Tom and Judy Lux

  3. Bobbie I am so sorry to hear this. Sending our love to you and your family. I will not be able to make the service. My wife Michelle died on October 7th also and her service is on the same day so Pete’s. Sending our love to your family!

  4. So many memories. Uncle Pete lived with us for close to three years starting when I was 5. In addition to sharing a bed for a while with my temporary “big brother”, he taught me to ride a bicycle backwards (facing backwards, sitting on the handlebars, while pedaling the bike; don’t think I would even attempt it now.) Much later I dragged him and Bobbie on a river rafting trip on the Green River; amazing fun, especially when he ran next to my van trying to figure out where the strange mechanical noise was coming from. And of course, lots of golf on many different courses.

  5. Carol and Gordon Pirrie

    Bobbie and family we are so sad at the sudden passing of Pete. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we weLLC live with our memories of a very good friend! Carol and Gordon Pirrie

  6. MrWilliams was my favorite teacher. He was a lot of fun. May God be with all of his family during such a sad time. May time help heal your heart. My belief is he has a hope for a resurrection of life here on earth. And to be reunited with his family. May this give you a little comfort. God bless.

  7. Benjamin M Gonzales

    I fondly remember Pete from my high school days in Shepherd, MT. He was always encouraging and supportive of what I had planned for my life. He had a great sense of humor and a ready smile and laugh. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family.

  8. Diane (Green)Grote

    Pete Mr.Williams. Was the best teacher. All of us loved him so sorry I am so far away and just learned of his death

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