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Thomas J Williams

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Thomas J Williams

Birth
Hazel Green, Grant County, Wisconsin, USA
Death
20 Oct 1998 (aged 32)
Artesia, Eddy County, New Mexico, USA
Burial
Scales Mound, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, USA Add to Map
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Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) - Sunday, October 25, 1998

SCALES MOUND, Ill. - Thomas J. Williams, 32, of National City, Calif., formerly of Scales Mound, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1998, in Artesia, N.M., as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Scales Mound, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Steinke Funeral Home, Scales Mound.

He was born on July 21, 1966, in Hazel Green, Wis., son of Lawrence and JoAnn (Ganahl) Williams. He married Emma Ortega on April 24, 1998, in San Diego.

He graduated from Scales Mound High School, Highland Community College, Freeport, and Western Illinois University, Macomb, with a degree in law enforcement, magna cum laude.

He served in the Navy from 1986-90, and was a senior border patrol agent in San Diego.

Surviving are his wife, Emma; his mother, JoAnn Williams, of Scales Mound; two brothers, Steven (Gini) Williams, of Canton, Mich., and Alan (Erin) Williams, of Dubuque; a sister, Julie (Jeff) Kring, of Dubuque; his nieces Abigail and Samantha Williams, both of Dubuque; and aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father on Jan. 22, 1977; his maternal grandparents, Jym and Grace Ganahl; and his paternal grandparents, John and Aletha Williams.

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He is a Fallen Hero and his name is etched into the Officer Down Memorial in Washington, DC. Here is direct quote from Officer Down Memorials online.

Border Patrol Agent Thomas Williams and Border Patrol Agent Agent Jesus de la Ossa were killed when their vehicle was involved in a head on collision on a rain slicked road. The two agents were returning to San Diego, where they were stationed, from a federal training center in Artesia, New Mexico, when the accident occurred. The accident took place on Highway 82 in New Mexico. The driver of the other vehicle was also killed. Agent Williams is survived by his wife and daughter.
age: 32 yrs 2 mos 29 days

Began at INS: May 5, 1994

Senior Patrol Agent

On Tuesday October 20, 1998, at 7 p.m., Agents Thomas J. Williams and Jesus De La Ossa were traveling to San Diego after successfully completing the Border Patrol Academy Instructor's Course.

They were involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle on a rain clicked road and lost their lives in the accident. The accident happened about 15 miles west of Artesia, New Mexico on Highway 82. The driver of the other vehicle was also killed.

Agent Williams was born in Hazel Green, Wisconsin. He graduated from Western Illinois University Magna Cum Laude with a degree in criminal justice.

He served in the Navy for 4 years, 2 of which were served on the submarine Henry Clay. He joined the INS as a Border Patrol Agent and was later promoted to Senior Patrol Agent.

At the time of his death, his official station was Brown Field, California. He was a graduate of the 266th session of the U.S. Border Patrol Academy in Glynco, Georgia.
Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) - Sunday, October 25, 1998

SCALES MOUND, Ill. - Thomas J. Williams, 32, of National City, Calif., formerly of Scales Mound, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1998, in Artesia, N.M., as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Scales Mound, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Steinke Funeral Home, Scales Mound.

He was born on July 21, 1966, in Hazel Green, Wis., son of Lawrence and JoAnn (Ganahl) Williams. He married Emma Ortega on April 24, 1998, in San Diego.

He graduated from Scales Mound High School, Highland Community College, Freeport, and Western Illinois University, Macomb, with a degree in law enforcement, magna cum laude.

He served in the Navy from 1986-90, and was a senior border patrol agent in San Diego.

Surviving are his wife, Emma; his mother, JoAnn Williams, of Scales Mound; two brothers, Steven (Gini) Williams, of Canton, Mich., and Alan (Erin) Williams, of Dubuque; a sister, Julie (Jeff) Kring, of Dubuque; his nieces Abigail and Samantha Williams, both of Dubuque; and aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father on Jan. 22, 1977; his maternal grandparents, Jym and Grace Ganahl; and his paternal grandparents, John and Aletha Williams.

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He is a Fallen Hero and his name is etched into the Officer Down Memorial in Washington, DC. Here is direct quote from Officer Down Memorials online.

Border Patrol Agent Thomas Williams and Border Patrol Agent Agent Jesus de la Ossa were killed when their vehicle was involved in a head on collision on a rain slicked road. The two agents were returning to San Diego, where they were stationed, from a federal training center in Artesia, New Mexico, when the accident occurred. The accident took place on Highway 82 in New Mexico. The driver of the other vehicle was also killed. Agent Williams is survived by his wife and daughter.
age: 32 yrs 2 mos 29 days

Began at INS: May 5, 1994

Senior Patrol Agent

On Tuesday October 20, 1998, at 7 p.m., Agents Thomas J. Williams and Jesus De La Ossa were traveling to San Diego after successfully completing the Border Patrol Academy Instructor's Course.

They were involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle on a rain clicked road and lost their lives in the accident. The accident happened about 15 miles west of Artesia, New Mexico on Highway 82. The driver of the other vehicle was also killed.

Agent Williams was born in Hazel Green, Wisconsin. He graduated from Western Illinois University Magna Cum Laude with a degree in criminal justice.

He served in the Navy for 4 years, 2 of which were served on the submarine Henry Clay. He joined the INS as a Border Patrol Agent and was later promoted to Senior Patrol Agent.

At the time of his death, his official station was Brown Field, California. He was a graduate of the 266th session of the U.S. Border Patrol Academy in Glynco, Georgia.

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