Allen J. Williams, 68, of Bucyrus, also known as “Officer Al” to the thousands of Bucyrus residents that he vowed to serve and protect for 31 years of his life as a Bucyrus Police Officer, passed unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 12, 2021.
Allen was born March 23, 1953 on the USAFB in Wiltshire, England to Howard E and Thelma J. “Jean” (Wade) Williams who reside in Bucyrus. Allen graduated from Bucyrus High School in 1971 and was very proud to have been a leading member of the perfect 10-0, 1970 football team. He was the first ever recipient of the Walker Award and was named All-NOL.
Following high school, Allen took a job at Timken where he worked for nearly 10 years. During this time, he also served as an auxiliary officer for seven years with the Bucyrus PD. In 1980, he completed his training through the Ohio State Patrol Academy and began working as a patrolman with the Bucyrus Police Dept. In addition to being a patrolman, he served as a training officer for several years. He was a former patrolman of the year and, for many years, Al earned the top honor in the police physical ability test, a program Al gave much emphasis. Al was highly respected by fellow officers and retired in 2011.
As a way to relax when not at work, Allen could often be found in “the woods,” a multi-acre plot of land that he and his dad shared for many years. They tended to their beehive, he and his sons did some deer hunting, he fed the fish in their pond, spent hours working in their garden, growing many different vegetables, and he loved giving his grandson four-wheeler rides around the property. One might also recall spotting Allen riding his bike around the cemetery and throughout Huggins subdivision. He was the one with the white t-shirt and ballcap. Allen was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bucyrus, FOP Lodge No. 68, and the local chapter of the Arbor Society. He was also a proud organ and tissue donor which will afford the gift of life to others.
In addition to his parents, Allen is survived by his sons, Chad Williams and fiancé Darcy Blessing and Owen Williams; mother of his children, Penny Billings; grandson, Lucas A. Williams; along with aunts and uncles including his special aunt, Alta Fern Williams. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Claude Lester and Mable Irene Williams who had a strong impact on his life.
Allen’s family is honoring his life privately at Sears Woods as this is what he wanted. For those wishing to honor his life, donations can be made payable to Bucyrus FOP and will be accepted through Wise Funeral Service. Memories are encouraged to be shared on his Tribute Wall.