To the family of Roger Williams. What a gift and wonderful talent we have been given to have your Dad and Grandfather Roger, share with the world. My grandparents and your grandparents were friends and members of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Des Moines. Your Grandfather Dr. Frederick Weertz was their pastor for many many years. My Mother Mary Jane Amend and her brother Conrad Amend grew up with your Dad they were friends, and went to Roosevelt High school together and then onto Drake University. Your Dad Roger played the piano at my parents wedding as your grandfather Dr. Weertz married them. He also baptized me in 1956. We meet you all once when you came back from California to Des Moines at the KRNT theater dedicating a new addition and 100 years of St. Johns Lutheran Church. Your Dad of course gave a concert for this big celebration. Think your great Uncle Dr. Beale and your great aunt who I remember was your grandmothers sister were all there. Must have been in the mid 60's.
I saw your Dad in concert many times and spoke with him several times. I now live in Dallas,Texas. I was raised listening to his wonderful music. I want you to know even though the three of you never lived in Iowa, Des Moines and the state of Iowa is very proud of what your Dad Roger Williams(Louis Weertz)did with his life and what a good man and loyal person he always was. He never became so famous that he forgot his friends and home town. He truly was a gift of talent and possessed kindness.
I remeber my family talking about the struggles your Dad and Mom, Joy had in New York City, while going to school and getting started in the business. My grandmother Elsie Amend made you Dads first concert suit at age 4. We always got a laugh at that since the suit didn't even have long pants.
Thanks for sharing your Father, Roger with all of us. He will be missed. Know he is at peace. My families sympathy is extended to you all.