Dr. Brownie Williams
Jan. 2, 1955-March 22, 2019
Dr. Brownie Williams, 64, died March 22 at home surrounded by his family. His funeral was held March 28 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell. The Rev. Timothy Baltes officiated and entombment was in Assumption Cemetery in St. Cloud.
Williams was born Jan. 2, 1955 in St. Cloud to Bernard E. “Barney” and June F. (Horgan) Williams. He grew up in St. Cloud and attended Cathedral High School. He stole Michelle Murphy’s heart junior year in high school and they subsequently went on to get married on Jan. 7, 1977 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Williams was a member at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell. In 1981, he followed his dream and opened a 1,000-square-foot medical clinic in Sartell with only two rooms where he worked as a chiropractor. Given the ongoing growth, he remodeled the adjacent office and added 2,000 square feet. He combined medical and chiropractic in 1996 to form what is known as Williams Integracare Clinic. Williams’s ongoing perseverance and work ethic drove him to getting to the clinic by 6:10 a.m. almost every day. Everyone respected him for his vision and tenacity but deep inside everyone really loved him for who he was as a person. Throughout his hard work in everything in life, his family remained number one behind everything he did.
Williams was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting. When he wasn’t at home, he could be found in the woods! He taught his children and grandchildren to love the outdoors, to respect nature and to love nature.
He taught his children what unconditional love truly means. He instilled car rides (windshield time) should be spent talking to each other, often enlightening his children with his knowledge and advice. The Williamses were always welcoming and opened their home. Their children’s friends would make sure the Williamses were there to hang out, because of the joy and fun they added. He was adored by his five grandchildren who loved their Papa very much, especially for the extra treats he always managed to sneak them. He taught his family unconditional love and support; he was the rock of the family, and because of this, the strength he has instilled in them will never be lost, but rather a constant reminder of him. His genuine smile and booming, but always kind, voice will be profoundly missed by all.
Survivors include his wife of Sartell; children, Dr. David (Candice) of Edina, Danielle (Mason) Thelen of Minneapolis, Megan (Peter) Mulheran of Plymouth; grandchildren, Jada, Lydia, Maisie, Parker and Brody; brothers and sister, Thomas (Catherine) of Sartell, Barbara (Curt) Johnson of Sartell, Mark (Arlene) of St. Cloud, Daniel (Carol) of St. Cloud; sister-in-law, Toni Williams of Princeton and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Michael Williams and niece Julianne Marie Williams.
Memorials are preferred to Poor Clare Sisters and American Hemochromatosis Society.
Obituary, guestbook and video tribute available online: www.williamsdingmann.com.
Author: Janelle Von Pinnon
Von Pinnon has been publishing the St. Joseph Newsleader since 1989, the Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader since 1995 and the Sauk Rapids-Rice Newsleader since 2015. She graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with degrees in mass communications (with an emphasis on print journalism) and biology. She lives in southeast St. Cloud with her husband and two children.