Russell Lawrence “Bowser” Williams

May 25, 2023

Russell Lawrence “Bowser” Williams, 28, of Norfolk, VA, and formerly of Frankfort, Ind., died May 25, 2023.  He was born March 12, 1995 in Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Oak Harbor, Washington to Thomas Clifford & Nora “Sam” (Chapman) Williams-Wyant.

Russell was a 2014 graduate of Frankfort High School and attended Ivy Tech.  He was on active duty with the U.S. Navy as a 2nd Class Petty Officer.  He was a GSM2 Mechanic, gas turbine technician mechanical second class. He received his orders in January to the USS Delbert D. Black an escort carrier. He was a member of the Forgotten Soulz RC in Norfolk, VA.  Russell enjoyed the demolition derby, working on cars and motorcycles, riding his motorcycle and loved spending time with his family and friends.


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Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 10, 2023 and from 10-11 a.m. Sunday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Sunday, June 11, 2023 at the funeral home. Graveside service with Military Honors will follow in Bunnell Cemetery.

Survived by:

Father: Thomas Clifford Williams of Colfax, formerly Frankfort, Mother: Nora “Sam” Williams-Wyant of Ferndale, WA, Paternal Grandparents: Russell & Jackie Williams, Uncles: James Williams, Charles Allen, Joe (Deanna) Williams, Howie Williams, Ray (Nancy) Chapman and Rick (Lynette) Chapman, several cousins and friends also survive.

Preceded by:

his uncle, Bob Williams and maternal grandparents, Lawrence W. & Arcadia R. Chapman.


Leave your Condolences

12 Condolences for “Russell Lawrence “Bowser” Williams”

  1. Travis May 31, 2023 at 8:19 pm

    Thinking about you Chili, prayers my friend.

  2. Christina Kersey June 1, 2023 at 9:25 am

    We called him little Russ when he was living in Forest because my oldest son is a Russell too. He will be severely missed by all of us. He was a great kid and grew into a Great young man. We were all proud of him when he went into the service. We felt like he was part of the family.

  3. Heather Knuckles Scott June 1, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    So sorry to hear about your loss! Thinking of you all! Much love to you!!

  4. Cody B June 2, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    Tom.. I want to express my deepest condolences. And I appreciate everything you ever did for me in Clarks Hill. Russell was a good kid.. A good guy. He was the first friend I met at Carrol Jr Sr High. He helped tutor me a couple times and I always enjoyed goofing with him in the halls.

    HooYah.. O7

  5. Stacie June 3, 2023 at 2:11 am

    Chili, so very sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers your way. My heart hurts for you my friend.

  6. Cj Mcclure June 4, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    I’ll truly miss you man. I’ve known you my whole life an in an instant your gone. You deserved a lot more then what people gave you bro. You had a good heart an always treated everyone equal. You will be missed man, save me a seat up there bro.

  7. Eva Tatman June 6, 2023 at 4:50 am

    So sorry to the family for your loss. I was blessed to know Russell. He was a stand up man, very sweet and cordial. He will be missed by many. Taken too soon for sure. RIP Russell.

  8. Sandy Glover June 8, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    Tommy I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for your family.

  9. Justin Copsy June 8, 2023 at 8:39 pm

    My deepest condolences. I worked with him at the parts store in Virginia. He had a big heart to match his big frame. Always willing to help anyone. And when I found out he went for the same job I did when I was in the Navy, I encouraged him and was proud of what he accomplished.

  10. Reggie Arvelo June 9, 2023 at 7:12 am

    You will be missed so much. So sorry to see you leave so soon. Condolences to all of your family.

  11. Katrina Clouse June 9, 2023 at 8:20 am

    Sailor to you I send my military mom love and God speed young man. Thank you for a job well done. Your next duty station awaits. To your family this Marine mom sends my hugs and love to you. Thank you for giving your son for us to love.

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