Passed away in Sebastopol in his sleep on March 1, 2013 at the age of 74. Bob was born in Chicago on September 27, 1938 and raised in Lombard, IL with a strong work ethic. His first job as a teen was at the Dairy Queen in Downers Grove, IL where he rose to manager of several people older than he. He served as sergeant in the USAF and graduated in 1964 from Arizona State College now Northern Arizona University. A leader in his class, he went on to own two wine and cheese stores in San Diego in the early 70's. As a local notable he threw the first baseball to open a season of the San Diego Padres. He moved to Eureka, CA and became a food distributor, then relocated to Sebastopol in the early 80's. He managed the cheese and deli department of G&G Market, sold cheese and food through Tony's Fine Foods and Domestic Cheese Co. and after retirement worked part time for several companies including his last position with Henry Mechanical of Windsor at Costco. "Can't we clone you?" the owner asked. Cheesie loved meeting people. He was a devoted dog lover, cheese expert and beer connoisseur. He is survived by his wife Natalie Timm, of Sebastopol, his sister, Jeanne Knox of Omaha NB, and brothers Wayne Williams of Laguna Beach, CA and John Williams (Kathy) of St Cloud, MN, and nine nieces; also his cousins Jan Govenat (Bob) of Downers Grove IL, Laurel Burman of Wilmette, IL, Randy Landau (Katherine) of Harrington Park, NJ, Sue Marshall of Kirkwood, MO, his sister-in-law Betsy Timm (husband Don Ketman and son Jesse Ketman). Cheesie will be missed by many friends and colleagues in Northern California, especially at the HopMonk. Bob's ashes will be scattered according to his wishes and a celebration of his life will be announced. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Sonoma County.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 9 to Mar. 12, 2013