Wesley Benson ‘Bence’ Williams

Wesley Benson Williams “Bence” of Lawrence died peacefully in his home May 10, 2020. He was born to Paul and Doris Williams on September 26, 1941.

Bence attended and graduated from Burlington, Kansas High School and Emporia State University. He was a proud Kansan who enjoyed his family, music, and the outdoors. He valued education and pursued knowledge throughout life. Bence was a funny man who told wonderful stories and never met a stranger.

Bence was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Kathleen Butcher, whom he married in 1969.

Survivors include his four children, Dan Bruch, Emporia, Rob Land, Katy, TX, Deb Rogers, Lawrence and Amy Parise, Leawood. Six grandchildren, Jake, Piper, Darian, Jimmy, Olivia and Hayden.

A private graveside service was held May 12, 2020, in Waverly, Kansas.

Messages & Condolences

From Merle Simpson...

I first met Bence in Wichita in 1964 when he was working for National Cash Register. We were lifelong friends and I will miss him. I take comfort that he called me a few weeks ago and we had a lot of laughs. Bence was one of a kind and my sincerest condolences to all his family.

From Pat Grzenda...

Debbie, Amy, and all the Williams Family- so sorry to hear of Bence’s passing. We was a delightful man and I was lucky to know him. You are all in my thoughts.

From Susie Brooks...

Debbie,
So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

From terri thornton...

Bence was my boss for many years at KU. He was a good friend and good boss. Was always had a story to tell. And always had time for anybody that stopped by his office. We even had him play softball with us one summer. Enjoyed meeting Sharon.

From David R. Leach...

I worked with and for Bence for over twenty years and he was a good friend. He was mostly like a brother but at times when I needed to be told things I didn’t want to hear, he was like a father. I was always fascinated by is fascination with so many things. History, geography, music, art, whatever came up Bence was interested and interesting to listening to.

Condolences and all good thoughts to his family.

From Steven Green...

Worked with Bence for 25 years and he is one of my all-time favorite people. Smart, funny, and possessed tremendous people skills. I’m still retelling many of his “shaggy dog” stories from years ago. Proud to have known him and call him my friend

From James Clark...

I met Bence when we were both students at Kansas State Teachers College. I was from Greensburg, and his mother had moved there to teach elementary school. Years later, when I moved to Lawrence, ran into him again. Always a pleasure talking with him, and will miss him. But I guess we weren’t that close, until reading of his death, I never knew how he came to be called Bence.

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