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Joel Renner Williams

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Joel Renner Williams was born Sept. 12, 1939, in Dayton, Ohio, and died Feb. 21, 2022, aged 82 years, at Mt. Carmel Grove City Hospital in Grove City, Ohio, from complications due to pancreatic cancer.

Joel was raised in Dayton and Clayton, Ohio, graduating from Randolph High School in Englewood, Ohio. He attended Otterbein College and graduated with his bachelor’s degree before attending Ohio State University Law School. Joel practiced law in Dayton for many years.

He was also the owner or part-owner of several businesses in and around his cherished home base of Yellow Springs.

Later in life, Joel enjoyed a new and beautiful second family. Concurrently, he took part in the endeavor of owning and operating an olive and grape ranch in Los Alamos, Calif. He then retired back to Ohio to be with family. He also lived in St. Petersburg, Fla., for several years during his retirement.

Joel loved travel, fine wine, cooking with family and friends and watching sports, especially his OSU Buckeyes. He also enjoyed spending time with his large and beloved extended family at Rose Lake, near Coldwater, Mich.

He is survived by his four children, Chad (Ken) Williams, Heather (Mark) Salva, Sunita (Tobias) Williams and Anita Williams; sister, Susan (Richard) Scheu; brother, Daniel Williams; nephew, Jeff (Angie) Scheu; nieces, Jennifer Scheu and Stephanie Scheu; grandchildren, Christopher Salva and Cassie Salva; his former wife, Sandy Pramer; and his former wife and close friend, Theo Stephan.

Joel’s legacy was a humanitarian endeavor, advising and encouraging many others around the world to realize their potential. There will be a celebration of life by invitation only. His remains will be placed, in a private ceremony, by immediate family.


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