As reported on, written by Talis Shelbourne

Nick Truog, an at-risk boy in the Running Rebels program, spent most of his youth without a father. So when he learned he had been assigned a mentor, he was immediately suspicious of the kindly, bald man purporting to be his friend.

That man was Marshall Lamont Williams and Truog would come to call him the man who saved his life.

Williams, born Jan. 3, 1945, lost his father to World War II and it was this loss that led him to step into that role for at-risk young men.

The 73-year-old who served four years in the Air Force and worked at General Electric as a service technician and welder, retired early to mentor such youth at Running Rebels, a Milwaukee agency that works to keep the city’s youth safe, connecting them with mentors, athletics, music, tutoring and workforce training.

Never marrying or having children, Williams unofficially adopted many “running rebels” as his own.

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