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Richard James Williams May 15, 1952 - March 31, 2022

May 1952 ~ March 2022

Richard James Williams was born in Modesto, CA to Jack and Helen (Ducot) WIlliams on May 15, 1952. He passed away in his sleep on March 31, 2022 at the age of 69. Richard and his twin brother Robert, grew up in Modesto. 

Richard will be missed by his loving wife of 31 years, Claudia, his children, Brian Ackerman (Kristin), Tonasket, WA, Erin Ackerman Ayers, Modesto, CA, and brother Robert Williams, Modesto, CA. 

He adored his grandchildren, Madeline and Devin Ayers, Modesto, CA and Cheyanne Ayers, Simi Valley, CA. 

Richard spent 7 years traveling the world, installing food processing equipment for the Fran Rica Co. He was the Sr. Supt. of Aseptic Production at Pacific Coast Producers in Lodi for 15 years. He retired from food processing equipment sales & engineering in 2016. 

Richard was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Modesto and an Eagle Scout. 

As Richard would tell it, he was “stuffed” into the cab of a steam locomotive at the age of 4, and was a train buff ever since. He loved trains, travel, Golden Retrievers and cats, books and learning, but most of all his grandchildren and family. 

Richard was a 1970 graduate of Modesto High School and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from CA State University, Stanislaus in 1994. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 8th at 11am at the First United Methodist Church, 850 16th St., Modesto, CA. The service will also be available for Live Stream at www.firstumcmodesto.org. & on the YouTube channel. 

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Richard, he had volunteered in Honduras with: 

Heifer International 

1 World Ave. 

Little Rock, AR 72202 


and in Salt Lake City, UT, assembling disaster relief kits for the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM): 

The Advance #901463 

458 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE 

Atlanta, GA 30308 

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  1. KEVIN SCOTT says

    Richard had a kind heart . He has been my truly good friend and he will sorely missed .
    When I came to American seals west 20 years ago he help me with knowledge of all the items for tomato plants. After the retired he was my go to for answers I needed . He Was a fountain of knowledge

  2. Charla Thiessen says

    My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends. I worked with Richard at ASW for several years . He always had smile and he would do anything he could for others. You always tell that his family was at the top off his list. He will be missed by many.

  3. Kevin Kidd says

    Thoughts and prayers for Richard’s family and friends. I worked with Richard at Pacific Coast Producers for a few years. Even tho we worked together for a short period of time whenever I saw Richard later on he always treated me as an old life long friend. I geeked blessed to have known him.

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