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ROBERT J. WILLIAMS, 79, passed away on peacefully Friday, April 27, 2012, in Key Largo, Fla. Born Oct. 4, 1932, in Anderson, Ind., he is the son of Joseph and Mary Elizabeth (Cooper) Williams. He was an Indiana University graduate and a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, the Well House Society, Varsity Club at IU and ROTC, and a lifetime member of the Alumni Association. After graduation, he served his country as a first lieutenant in the Air Force serving aboard a KC-135 Tanker Aircraft as a Boom Operator. He was highly successful in business, serving as President of DePuy Orthopedics, a J&J company, headquartered in Warsaw and as Chairman of Artec Environmental; a medical gas testing company in Indianapolis. He was also on the board of Ashe Medical and a member of the American Business Club. He was a very outgoing person and was the past President of Tippecanoe Country Club. He was also a member of the Warsaw Masonic Lodge, Fort Wayne Valley Scottish Rite, Mizpah Shrine, the Columbia Club of Indianapolis, and the Indianapolis Motorcycle Drill Team. After retirement, he and Nancy split their time between Warsaw and Key Largo, Fla. where they belonged to the Ocean Reef Club since 1992. In addition to being members of the Health and Tennis Club, Yacht Club and the Flying Club at Ocean Reef, Bob served on several committees to improve the quality of life at the club. "Bob was a man of generous spirit who lived life to the full and was a friend to many." He leaves behind his devoted wife of 57 years, Nancy Cox Williams; children, Carlye (Baenen), Brad and Ross; grandchildren, Ben and Ann Baenen and Lauren Williams; and sisters, Betsy MacLennan and Barbara Wicker. Service is 1 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2012, at First United Methodist Church, Warsaw. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2012, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel Warsaw. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Indiana University Foundation, PO Box 500, Bloomington, IN 47402; or Ocean Reef Medical Center, 50 Barracuda Lane, Key Largo, FL 33037. To sign the guest register or leave condolences electronically, please visit
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on May 5, 2012
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