---- — Jesse Lee Williams
Aug. 21, 1983 - Dec. 17, 2013
ELKHART- SSG. Jesse Lee Williams, 30, U.S. Army, was killed in the line of duty on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 in the Shajau district of Zabul Province in Afghanistan when he and other fellow soldiers were involved in a crash of an American Black Hawk transport helicopter. Staff Sergeant Williams was recently deployed to Afghanistan with his unit, Headquarters Company, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, based in Vilseck, Germany. He was born August 21, 1983 in Elkhart to Thomas I. Williams and Deborah M. (Bussard) Passerallo.
Survivors include his mother and step-father, Deborah M. and Sam Passerallo of Elkhart; father, Thomas I. (Tammy) Williams of Goshen; daughter, Madison Louise Williams of Elkhart; 2 sisters, Rosanna Lynn (Bill) Golupski of South Bend and Sandra K. Williams of Goshen; step-brother, Sam (Hillary) Passerallo III of Elkhart and a step-sister, Angela Passerallo of Elkhart; grandmother, Judy Williams of Goshen; grandfathers, Donald G. Bussard and Bernard Hartogh, both of Elkhart; 5 nephews and 2 nieces.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Sandra Hartogh and paternal grandfather, T. Lyman Williams.
Jesse attended Elkhart Central High School and in 2006 completed the U.S. Army Basic Training Course at Fort Jackson, SC while attached to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry. SSG. Williams first assignment was in Illesheim, Germany with D CO, 412th ASB from Jan 2007 to Feb 2009. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and worked in the Electronics Warfare shop at the Divisional level from Jan 2009 to Jan 2012. During this time he attended and graduated from Air Assault School. SSG. Williams was deployed 3 times, once to Iraq with the 412th ASB from 2007-2008, once to Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne from 2010-2011, and once with the 2CR starting in July2013.
The United States of America will be forever indebted for the honorable and courageous service SSG. Jesse L. Williams willfully gave to his country.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Granger Community Church, 630 E. University Dr., Granger, IN 46530. Funeral services will be held the following day, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Granger Community Church with visitation beginning 2 hours prior to the funeral. Pastor Dr. Mark Beeson and Pastor Mark Waltz will officiate. Interment will follow at Rice Cemetery in Elkhart. The U.S. Army Funeral Honor Detail will render graveside military honors at Rice Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin Street, Elkhart, IN 46514.
Memorial contributions may be made to Jesse’s daughter, Madison L. Williams Benefit Fund at any Key Bank location or the Wounded Warrior Project. Envelopes will be provided by the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.billingsfuneralhome.com