Charles Kenneth “CK” Williams
May 4, 1933 – March 18, 2018
The Los Angeles Police Department’s CK Williams passed on to the golden heavens above March 18th of natural causes at 84 years young. In his youth, CK joined the USMC and served in Korea from 1953 to 1955; upon discharge he entered the hallowed ranks of LAPD serving valiantly from 1955 to retirement in 1980, his last 24 years on motors with proud membership in the Municipal Motorcycle Officers of California (MMOC) since April 1973, to the very end.
He and his beautiful fun-loving and hilarious wife, Clary, raised 3 boys, Buzzy (Marilyn), Kenneth (Gwen) and Ryan (Cam), 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. They were an unusually tight-knit family; CK as the nucleus was always there to lend an ear, offer a suggestion and provide guidance, although Clary and the boys would often humorously chide him on his “suggestions and guidance”. Ever the proud Marine! Earlier in their youth, the boys were weaned on motorcycles, trips into Mexico and high school/collegiate sports.
After retirement, CK and Clary moved to Oceanside allowing them quick and easy launch of their 28 foot twin-screw sport fishing boat, appropriately named the Rum Runner. There’s fabled tales of navigation down the Baja coastline into the Sea of Cortez with Bob and Vi Hossfeld as deckhands and several 55-gallon drums of gas lashed to the deck; sustenance was the fish they caught, the gallons of water they carried for drinking and mixology and the fuel they carried for bravado: rum, whiskey and vodka.
I first met CK at the 1983 Santa Rosa Flamingo Resort MMOC Convention when he and Bob Hossfeld crashed our Oakland hospitality room one dark night very early in the morning hours. After a brief introduction, a couple minutes sizing each other up like cowboys and Indians then extending a handshake, we became the best of friends. At 50 years old, he still had the Marine Corp flat top with buzzed sides haircut. Over the years Rhoda and I visited the Williams in Oceanside several times, boated with them, and had the wildly hilarious experience of vacationing alongside them and the Hossfelds in Hawaii and the island of Cozumel, Mexico.
Predeceased by his loving wife in February 2003, just 4 months shy of celebrating their 50th anniversary of matrimonial bliss, CK will be interred alongside Clary at Eternal Hills Memorial Park, 1999 El Camino Real, Oceanside, 92054 May 5th following a 1pm memorial service in their chapel. In lieu of other charitable donations, CK requested of the family donations be made to the MMOC Thomas S. Lofthouse fund, 208 S. Barranca Ave., Suite 8, Glendora, Ca. 91741 as he considered MMOC his second family. Please visit www.mmoc.org, scroll to “about us” and click on “Lofthouse Memorial” for information on donations. I will be the first to donate in CK’s honor and hope you are inclined to do so, too.
Rhoda and I hope you can join us in Charles Kenneth Williams celebration of Life on May 5th to pay tribute to a great man and loving husband and father; CK was a man with purity of heart, a wry smile and benefactor to so many. Rest in peace my friend and be in comfort reunited once again with Clary. You will be missed by those of us who benefited from your earthly friendship.
Dennis M. Brown