Kenneth “Bruce” Williams

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Kenneth “Bruce” Williams, 61, of Belleville, IL, formerly of Fredericksburg, VA, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, October 16, 2021.

Kenneth was born in Baltimore, MD, to Jesse O. and Mary Marie, nee Nicholson, Williams. He graduated from Belleville Township High School West in 1979 and moved out to the East Coast in 1980. Bruce was a carpenter / sheet metal machinist and worked on high clearance construction jobs in Washington D.C. and Virginia. He moved back to Illinois in 2013. Bruce was an avid comic book collector and loved working at Big Foot Comics and the Belleville Flea Market. He was a loyal member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4123.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jesse Williams; mother, Mary Williams; and a nephew, Vincent Michael Williams.

He is survived by his stepmother, Virginia Williams of Sun City Center, FL; a brother, Timothy O. Williams of Swansea, IL; two sisters, Theresa (Jim Brennan) Zappia of Belleville, IL, and Kim (Jim) Johnson of Highland, IL; nephews, Patrick (Theresa) Williams of Highland, IL, Michael Zappia, formerly of Troy, IL;        Nicholas Zappia of Belleville, IL, and Jesse Johnson of Highland, IL; a niece, Abigil Johnson of St. Louis, MO; a great-niece, Sophia Zappia of Highland, IL; two aunts, Carolyn (Ronnie) Kinkendale of Baltimore, MD, and Ann Williams of Norfolk, VA; many cousins, great-nieces, and great-nephews;

Memorials may be made to Stray Rescue of St. Louis.  Condolences may be expressed online at

According to Bruce’s wishes, cremation services will be held.



6 Comments on Kenneth “Bruce” Williams

Jimmy Dupee said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2021 at 9:26 AM

Bruce…I remember one summer we ran together. You, me and Mike Morris knocked around. I recall one night I spent the night. You were fascinated with a book you had on the life of “Bruce Lee.” I also remember having a crush on your sister Kim. Ha! See you when I get there old friend. Jimmy

  • Dallas
  • Texas
Sean Green said : Guest Report Oct 19, 2021 at 3:08 PM

Bruce, brother you will be missed. I'm going to miss hanging out with you talking comics and life in general. Thanks for always being genuine, honest and willing to help folks no matter what. Excelsior bub. John 3:16

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kassie Chaffee said : Guest Report Oct 19, 2021 at 1:03 PM

Bruce, you were a fixture at the comic book shop and you were so kind to my son. Thanks for all you’ve done for my Dad throughout the years. You will be missed!

  • Saint Louis
  • Missouri
Keith Shsnklin said : Guest Report Oct 19, 2021 at 12:24 PM

God bless you Bruce and your family. It was a pleasure to have gotten to know you over the last few years. When my family wasn’t here you and everyone else treated me like there own, Godspeed, MAJ Keith Shanklin

  • St Louis
  • MO
Rick Driscoll said : Guest Report Oct 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM

RIP my old friend. I have very fond memories of hanging out at your house in grade school. May peace be with your family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
PJ said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2021 at 6:55 PM

R.I.P. my friend forever. I will definitely miss you.

  • Arlington
  • Virginia

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