Ronald J. Williams

Age 71, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully at his residence on Sunday, June 4, 2017 surrounded by his family.

Born in Wilmington, Ron was the son of the late Leslie and Marie (Lenza) Williams.  He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army Special Forces and later attended the University of Delaware. 

By 1969, he was a full-time reporter for the News Journal, earning a spot as chief of the Sussex County Bureau.  He left and followed other endeavors but decided Delaware was his home and returned to the News Journal as a editor and columnist.  He was known for his candid and sometimes biting demeanor but was consistently fair.  He also had a keen knowledge of Delaware history and politics.  He worked until his retirement in 2011.  He also earned a Coast Guard Auxiliary Captain’s license.

Ron got his Captains license and he and Peggy enjoyed many years of boating on the Chesapeake Bay as members of the Sassafras River Yacht Club.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy (Gordy) Williams and his son Erik.  Also surviving are: his brother Glenn (Carol); sisters- in-law: Cindy (Jerry) Mullins; Judy (Steve) Goff; and brother-in-law, Phil Gordy as well as beloved nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.

A committal service will be held on Monday, June 12th at 1 PM at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in memory of Ron to Heartland Hospice, 256 Chapman Road, Oxford Bldg. #102, Newark, DE 19702 or the American Legion Post #19, 12168 Laurel Rd, Laurel, DE 19956. Condolences may be made by visiting



Submitted by Shirley Amato on
Hi Peggy, so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, Ron. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Shirley Amato

Submitted by Nicole on
I'm truly sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the God of all comfort strengthen you for the days ahead. God is close to those who are broken hearted, Psalms 34:18.

Submitted by James Berrigan on
I worked at the News Journal with Ron for years. I also served on the Board of Directors with Ron for the Credit Union. Ron was truly one of the most dedicated journalists I met during all my years at the newspaper. He was one of the best!!! Please accept my heartfelt condolences and sympathy. May God rest his soul.

Submitted by Judie Brasure on
Peggy, just wanted you to know how much we care about you & are so sorry to hear about Ronnie!

Submitted by Patti & Larry M... on
Peggy, you have certainly earned your angel wings thru your dedication to Ron during his illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Submitted by Marian A Whitlock on
I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved husband Ron. Keeping you and your family in prayer. Sending love and hugs!! Love, Marian

Submitted by Marie and Jim Irons on
Peggy and Erik, We are sorry to hear of Ron's passing. We think of you so often, and have wonderful memories of the times we spent at the marina and on the water. We will always remember Ron's wit and charm, and the friendship we've shared with you and Ron through the years. Love, Jim and Marie Irons

Submitted by jan jurden on
Peggy, I am so, so sorry. My heart hurts for you and Erik. My father adored Ron (and you) and considered him a true and loyal friend. I always enjoyed reading Ron's columns, and so appreciated it when he wrote about my father's drawings. Ron was and is a premier newspaper man - of the highest quality and integrity. He was a gem and will be sorely missed. I am very sorry for your loss and am sending hugs and healing thoughts and prayers your way. Ron will always have a special place in my heart, as will you. Thank you, on behalf of my beloved departed parents, for the many years of friendship and laughter you shared with them. Peace, Jan

Submitted by Phil Wainwright on
Peggy. My deepest condolences for your loss of Ron; As you remember, thanks to athletics we virtually grew up together in Sussex County. Although regrettably, I did not keep up with him personally as I should have, I routinely keep up with his amazing career and read many of his brilliant articles online; I was a lifelong great admirer of Ronnie and remained truly honored to have been included among his childhood and young adult friends. He was a great American!