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Douglas A. Williams

Douglas A. Williams, 82 years of Ephraim, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2021 in Sister Bay.


He was born December 17, 1938 in Elgin, Illinois the son of the late Robert Orren Williams and Mary Margaret (Perry) Williams. Following his graduation at Elgin High School, Doug went on to receive his undergrad in Economics at Beloit College where he was a member of the Psi Kappa Psi fraternity. It is also where he met his wife, Barbara A. Brown whom he married on November 5, 1960. Following college, Doug served his country in the U.S. Army. Most of his professional career was with Clorox Co. in California where he worked as a computer systems analyst from 1980 until 1993.


With many years spent enjoying Door County, they opened Door County Quilt Works in Fish Creek in 1991 after Barbara fine-tuned her skills in this area while living in California. Following Doug’s full retirement in 1993, he worked with Hawkins Ash Baptie Accountants, The Landmark, and his own private consulting business.


Doug was active in many local civic organizations including the Egg Harbor Lions, and Sturgeon Bay Noon Rotary. He served his Ephraim community as docent and tour guide for the historical society there. His enjoyed his after-the-Y coffee group meetings at the Blue Horse. Doug was a “foodie”. His hobbies included photography, cooking, woodworking, fast cars and racing, and was a family history enthusiast. He also was a huge Wisconsin Badger Football fan.


Surviving family include his two daughters, Robin Williams of California, Megan (Nathan) Shaw of Holmen, WI; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Susan) Williams of Arlington, Virginia, David (Karen) Williams of Topsham, Maine.


Funeral services are planned for later this summer at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sister Bay.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Douglas’ name to the Ephraim Historical Foundation.


Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the Williams family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Douglas may be shared with his family through his tribute page at

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