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Mark Woodrow Williams, July 8, 1948 — July 28, 2012, of Kansas City

By Jasmin James
July 31, 2012 | 6:37 p.m. CDT

Mark Woodrow Williams of Kansas City died Saturday, July 28, 2012, after battling a long illness. He was 64.

Mr. Williams was born July 8, 1948, to W. Woodrow and Jewell (Adams) Williams in Independence.

He graduated from William Chrisman High School in 1966 and worked as a draftsman following his graduation. During this time, he joined the Naval Air Reserves and earned a private pilot's license. Later, Mr. Williams attended MU and received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1972 and a master's degree in 1974.

After graduation, Mr. Williams' first professional position was with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in Chicago, and he later worked for Black & Veatch and Butler Manufacturing in Kansas City. A great deal of his work dealt with the structural stress on buildings and bridges.

In his spare time, Mr. Williams enjoyed flying and woodworking. He collected unusual woods and made unique toys, fine furniture and intricate, decorative pieces. He also enjoyed building household additions, going fishing and playing video poker.

Mr. Williams is survived by two sisters, Valerie Goodin and her husband, Richard, and Pamela Springsteel, of Columbia; a niece, Natalie McGrath, of Colo.; a nephew, Greg Reser, of Ariz.; an aunt, Margaret Morrison,  of Cincinnati, Ohio, and five cousins.

His parents W. Woodrow and Jewell (Adams) Williams; his aunt, Cornelia Campbell; and his cousin, Robert Morrison, died earlier.

A private service will be held at a later time. Tributes may be posted at

Arrangements are being handled by Carson-Speaks Chapel, 1501 W. Lexington Ave., Independence, Mo.

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