Robert Nelson (Bob) Williams passed away on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 21, 2012 at LakePoint Assisted Living Center. Services will be 10:30 Tuesday at Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado with visitation before the services from 9:30 to 10:30. Interment will follow in Sumner Memorial Gardens, Wellington.
Bob was born in Perth, Kan., on June 30, 1929 the son of Dolah Inez (Harris) and Clifford Newton Williams. His father passed away when he was 3 weeks old and he subsequently lived with his mother and grandparents, Isiah and Gennettie Harris. He was the last student to complete all 8 years in the one room schoolhouse in Perth. Bob graduated from Wellington High School in 1947.
Bob started his work career in Wellington at the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1948 as an extra clerk and attended Wichita State University later that fall. He was drafted into the army in 1951 and served in Korea during the war for 2 years. After his army discharge, Bob returned to his work at Santa Fe Railway in Wellington and retired from there in 1989. He was a member of the Transportation Communications Union, serving as president in Wellington at retirement. He was also a member of the American Legion Tom Schwinn Post 90 in Wellington.
Bob was married to Ruth Marie Miller on June 2, 1957 in the First United Methodist Church in El Dorado, Kansas and they had one son.
Bob was preceded in death by his half- brother James and his wife Ruth. He is survived by his son Gene Williams and his wife Jan and their two son Patrick and Timothy of Overland and Christopher Williams, Austin, Texas.
Bob had many close friendships with his co-workers at Santa Fe Railway in Wellington and his neighbors in both Wellington and El Dorado. He loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed fishing, camping and gardening. Going to the restaurant in Burns was special treat for him in the last years of his life. Bob was a kind and honorable husband, father, and friend. H will be missed by many.
Memorial in his memory is for American Diabetes Association or Wounded Warriors which may be left with the Funeral Home. Condolences for the family can be left at www.carlsoncolonial.com.