Robert Lee Williams Jr., 89, of Gillette, N.J., formerly of Price Street, Kingston, died Friday, April 5, 2013 at Overlook Hospital, Summit, N.J.
Born Oct. 28, 1923, in Kingston, he was the son of the late Robert L and Anna Repa Williams, Sr. He grew up on Price Street and was known to everyone as Bob. Robert was on the wrestling team and graduated from Kingston High School in 1941 and attended Wyoming Seminary and Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. on a merit and athletic scholarship. Soon afterwards, he left to enter the U.S. Army. While in the Army, he attended the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) in Basic Engineering at John Tarleton Agricultural College in Stephenville, Texas before returning to active Army duty during World War II. He fought at the "Battle of the Bulge" in the 99th Division, also known as the "Battle Babies" because of the number of young men.
After World War II, Robert returned home and he earned a BS in Economics in 1950 at Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre. In 1952, while working in the Washington, D.C. area, he met Dorothy Smeroski and they married. Robert at that time was known to his wife and friends as "Windy." Upon receiving a job transfer, Robert and Dorothy moved to New Brunswick, N.J., where they gave birth to Joseph Robert and Anne Hilary. Some years later, they moved to Fanwood, N.J., where Peter John was born and lived there for the next 22 years.'
Upon retirement, Robert and Dorothy moved to Gillette, N.J. In July of 1995, his beloved wife Dorothy suffered a massive stroke, leaving her partially paralyzed. Since that time, Robert devotedly cared for Dorothy. Robert was a bull-headed, loyal, determined man who completely devoted his life to his wife, Dorothy.
He was predeceased by his eldest son, Joseph Robert, who passed away in 2006.
With much gratitude and love, we thank Joseph, may he rest in peace.
Robert is survived by his sister, Elaine Williams Jones, of Sweet Valley, PA and two remaining children, Anne Williams Berreman of Grass Valley, Calif. and Peter John Williams of South Charleston, W.Va. and grandchildren, River and Kian Berreman, and Telina Williams.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday from the Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains, with the Very Rev. Joseph Martin, pastor of Holy Resurrection R.O. Cathedral, officiating. Interment will be in Mt Greenwood Cemetery, Trucksville. Friends may call 11 a.m. until time of service.
Yeosock Funeral Home - Plains
40 South Main Street Plains, PA 18705
Published in Times Leader on Apr. 8, 2013