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Robert Williams Sr.


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Robert Williams Sr. Obituary
Robert Williams, Sr., 95, of Munster, IN passed away peacefully Saturday, June 9, 2018. He started Van Gard Vault Company in Gary, IN in 1960. In 1975, Mr. Williams moved into the cemetery business, purchasing Fern Oaks Cemetery in Griffith, IN and then in 1980, he purchased the 110 acre Ridgelawn Cemetery and Mount Mercy Cemetery. Ridgelawn Funeral Home was opened on the grounds of Ridgelawn Cemetery in 2002. Also on the Ridgelawn property is home to Williams Casket Co, a large distribution warehouse, which sells caskets throughout the Chicago land area. He also developed Calumet Pre-Need Funeral Planning Trust. Mr. Williams is survived by his wife of over 20 years, Ruth (Likes) Williams; children, Robert (JoAnn) Williams, Jr., Carole Williams, Gary (Helen) Williams, Lori (Charles) Strock; step-children, Tommy Rhyne and Tammy (Larry) Dohring; grandchildren, Tammy Miller, Kim Williams, Julie (Wayne) Thunberg, Gary Paul Williams, Lisa (Thomas) Elder, Brian (Glenda) Patterson, Gina (Rick) Dodson and Charlie Robert Strock; two step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Kause; brother, Lee Williams; wife, Wilma Williams and grandson, Dalton Rhyne. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Ridgelawn Funeral Home, 4201 West Ridge Road, Gary, IN 46408 (219) 980-5555. Funeral Services will be on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Ronald Cooper, officiating. Burial will be at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Gary, IN. Bob will be deeply missed by his loving family and dear friends. May God Grant Him Eternal Rest. www.ridgelawnfuneralhome.com
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on June 13, 2018
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