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Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Warren Dee Williams, 82, of Indianapolis, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, in Anderson, Ind.

He was born Oct. 28, 1920, in Center Point, Ind., to the late Daniel and Resa Fisher Williams.

He retired in 1986 as vice president of Em-Roe Sporting Goods Co., where he worked 18 years. Prior to that, he was employed with Hoosier Coal Co. for 17 years. Following retirement, he was a funeral director's assistant for Leppert Mortuary, formerly Leppert & Hurt, and had worked for Kesslers Sport Shop.

He was a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon, elder and trustee. He was also a member of the Indiana Officials Association, Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and Downtown Kiwanis Club.

He was also an Army veteran of World War II. He officiated high school and college basketball for 24 years and football for 40 years. He refereed three Indiana State finals in basketball, three football playoff finals and three Indiana-Kentucky All Star Games.

He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984 and was an associated director for them. He served as an observer of basketball officials for the Indiana High School Athletic Association for 25 years.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Jean Shaw Williams; his daughter, Rebecca Minniear; six grandsons, Daniel W. Scott, Jason M. Scott, William VanNess III, Benjamin VanNess, Anthony D. VanNess and Bryan Gabriel; four great-grandsons.

His daughter Diane VanNess-Gabriel preceded him in death on Sept. 8, 2003.

Funeral service will begin Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Knox Room at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 Kessler Blvd. E. Dr., with interment following in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may greet the family from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday in Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel. Additional visitation will be Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church or the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle, Ind.