Robert Marvin Williams, 83, of Terre Haute passed on to be with the Lord at 12:50 p.m., Saturday, May 20, 2006, at Southwood Health and Rehabilitation Center where he had been a resident for the past 14 months after surviving a debilitating stroke. He retired as an automobile mechanic from Mace Service in 1979.
He was born on July 16, 1922, in Wheatland, Indiana, the son of Sylvester B. Williams and Elnora Simpson Mangin. Mr. Williams is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth Ann Jones Williams, whom he married on Aug. 3, 1946. He is also survived by his daughter, Mary Beth Baumunk and her husband Patrick of Terre Haute; two sisters, Dorothy Hensley of West Terre Haute and Patricia Birk of Washington, Indiana; two brothers, Edward Williams and his wife, Betty, of Washington, and Martin Williams of Washington; five grandchildren, Wayne Scot Hill and his wife, Mandy, Anna Rebekah Hill and Derek Lee Barr, all of Brazil, Darice Lynette Barr of Bloomington, Indiana and Bethany Marie Barr serving in the U.S. Navy, stationed in San Diego, California; three great-grandchildren, Anna Kay Gregg, Brylan Scott Hill and Dayton Matthew Coleman. Four set-grandchildren and numerous step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Mr. Williams is preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Anna Kay Hill, who died June 24, 1996; four brothers, John Williams, Vincent Williams, Frederick Williams and Paul Williams; three sisters, Oleta Greenwood, Margaret Hockesang and Helen Moore.
As a World War II veteran, he served from 1942 until 1945 in the United States Army, earning the Bronze Star as a communications lineman in Italy, Sicily and North Africa. Robert was a 45-year member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, where, after his retirement, had volunteered for the St. Patrick's Soup Kitchen, and had participated in the yearly painting of the St. Patrick's Day shamrock. He also was an avid bowler, and before his illness, he belonged to several leagues. After winning the Indiana Senior Championship in 1984, he represented Indiana in the Senior Nationals held in Reno, Nevada. He was a 50-year member of the American Legion Post 40 and lifetime member of the Antique and Classic Automobile Club and enjoyed many years of parades and car shows with his 1916 Model-T Ford. He also enjoyed putting out a big vegetable garden each spring, which he shared with many friends and family.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. - 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2006, in Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home, 605 South 25th St. Prayers will be recited at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p.m., at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Rick Ginther and Father Joe Villa officiating. Burial will be in Summit Lawn Cemetery in Brazil with the VFW Post 972 conducting military graveside services.
The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to St. Patrick Soup Kitchen, 1807 Poplar St., Terre Haute, IN 47803.