Michael Williams – Wyuka Funeral Home and Cemetery

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Growing up in Ord, Nebraska, Michael Williams worked at the local funeral home as a teenager, mowing grass and helping the local funeral director around the business.  Michael knew that he always wanted to do something that helped people, and after watching the funeral director associate with the families he served, he was sold on the idea of being a funeral director.  He is now President of Wyuka Funeral Home and Cemetery, which he joined in 2006 and became President of in 2008.  Wyuka is a fully staffed funeral home and offers services to people of all religions, from traditional funerals to cremation services.  Wyuka Funeral Home was opened in 2000.  Wyuka Cemetery is a state chartered cemetery and has been in operation since 1869.

Tell us a little about your family.
I have been married to my wife, Peggy for 20 years.  She is an executive assistant with Swanson Russell Associates.  We have two sons. Reid is a sophomore at Lincoln Southwest High School and has a passion for basketball, track and of course hanging out with his friends.  Jordan is in 6th grade at Scott Middle School and plays the violin in the school orchestra and he also enjoys all of the “technology” that kids enjoy these days.  Jordan will also be competing in his 3rd year for the Lincoln Track Club this spring.  Our other “child” is our King Charles Cavalier that we named “Fenway”.

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Starting a family.  You don’t know how much love you have in you until there is someone in your life who calls you Dad.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Early mornings on the golf course with friends, then going to the pool with my wife and kids.

What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I like to cook and try out new and unusual recipes on my family.

What are you the most proud of?
My children’s accomplishments.  There is nothing better than saying “that’s my son!”

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
There is a poem about the one thing that your parents give you that doesn’t cost money and is all yours and it is up to you to maintain. The answer is, your name.  My grandmother gave it to me when I graduated from high school.  I can’t recite it but often reflect on the meaning.

What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish?
To retire from my position at Wyuka and leave the business better off than when I arrived.

How would your friends describe you?
Great sense of humor, honest and caring.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish that I could sing.  Can’t carry a tune in a bucket.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
More hair or a better looking dome so then I could shave my head.

What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
I am currently reading Stephen King, Full Dark, No Stars.

What is your favorite movie?

What is your favorite TV show?
CSI Miami

What is your favorite Lincoln restaurant?
Rolling Wok Chinese in Van Dorn Plaza

If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
Michael Jordan

What is the best way to reach you?
Call the office at (402) 474-3600 or see us online at http://wyuka.com/

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