Christopher Caton Williams (Kip) passed away on July 30th at the age of 88.
Kip was born on September 20, 1930 in Topeka, Kansas, the son of Christopher and Emily (Caton) Williams. He spent most of his childhood in Winfield, Kansas where he grew up with his two younger brothers. Kip enjoyed hunting with his dad, and playing tennis at Winfield High School where Kip and Roger Coad were state doubles champions. He attended Kansas State University from 1948-1952 where he majored in journalism, was a member of the KSU men's varsity tennis team and joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Enrolling in the ROTC program at K-State, Kip then went on to serve in the army during the Korean War in 1953 and 1954.
After graduation, he married Norma Dee Wood in 1952. They were married for 62 years until her passing in 2014. Early on, several job assignments moved Kip and Dee and their two daughters, Jamie and Julie, across the Midwest. In 1967 they relocated to Northbrook, Illinois for 25 years where Kip became Senior Vice President with International Minerals and Chemical Corporation. Upon retiring, Kip and Dee settled in Scottsdale, Arizona before moving to Manhattan in the early 90's.
Traveling was a big part of Kip's life. As a young family, Kip and Dee visited many states and National Parks with their children. Later, Kip's responsibilities with IMC took him all over the world and that continued into retirement as Dee and Kip explored several countries. Retirement also was a time to play golf, share laughs with friends at the So Long Saloon happy hour and attend a majority of the Kansas State football and basketball games.
Kip was a member of the Kansas State Alumni Association. He served on the Sunset Zoo board, was one of the founders of Colbert Hills Golf Course, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
He was known as Pops to his five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Always wishing they lived closer, he made the most of their visits with dinners out, tickets to games, and lively conversations! Pops will certainly be missed.
Kip spent the last five years at Meadowlark Hills making new friends and establishing his table in the pub and in the dining room! Kip talked fondly of the entire staff and they soon became part of his extended family.
Survivors include his daughters: Jamie Longner and husband Gary (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Julie Knight and husband Rob (Omaha, Nebraska), his grandchildren: Chris Longner and wife Jackie, Mark Longner and wife Aleah, Kelli Lauritsen and husband Brett, Robbie Knight and wife Jess, Danny Knight and fiancé, Clare, and his great grandchildren: Alexa and Riley Longner, Danny, Mikey, and Lilly Lauritsen, Robbie and Kenni Knight. Kip is also survived by his brother Steve and wife Deanna of Winfield KS, nephews: Scott, Greg and Tim Williams and nieces: Stephanie and Stacy Williams.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dee, parents Chris and Emily, brother Greg, sister-in-law, Marilyn and nephew Mark.
A Private Family Graveside will be in the Sunrise Cemetery, Manhattan, Kansas.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday August 9th at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.