Robert Veon Williams
October 30, 1930 - May 13, 2021
Born on October 30,1930, Bob was the only child of Marjorie and Robert Williams. He was born in Ellwood City Pennsylvania and grew up there during the Great Depression when times were hard. Bob often told the story of searching the whole house for just one penny for the ice cream truck but coming up empty handed. He had a deep love of animals which lasted his entire life. Bob raised a pet raccoon, Gus, after finding the baby abandoned in the woods. The adventures of Bob and Gus were shared with family throughout the years. As a teenager he worked at the local dairy, drugstore and appliance store just to name a few. Bob graduated from Lincoln High School in Ellwood City in 1948, joining the U.S. Navy shortly afterwards. Stationed in Santa Cruz he worked on satellite systems near DeLaveaga Park. Bob met his wife to be, Verna Harris, at a club on Cathcart Street called The Farmers Elbow Room.
After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Bob graduated with honors from Indiana Tri-State university with a degree in Aeronautical engineering. He had a very successful career with Lockheed Missiles and Space for 37 years which took him and his family back to the east coast for several years in the late 60's while Bob worked at the Pentagon. He retired in 1997.
Bob and Verna had 5 children. First born boy, Scott, then 4 daughters, Jane, Suzanne, Michelle and Mary. Life was busy but filled with the love and craziness of a large family.
Bob spent many hours on his hobby and passion which was Lionel toy trains. It began when he was a boy in Pennsylvania and stayed with him throughout his whole life. He built much from his layout from scratch including a 100% brass engine- each piece machined individually, a beautiful work of art. A Ferris wheel adorned his extensive train layout, also scratch made by Bob, and never ceased to amaze all who saw it. Adult kids, grand and great grandchildren alike could hardly wait to come to "GG's" house to see the trains running.
Bob departed life on the evening of May 13, 2021. Surrounded by his loving daughters and family, he passed peacefully. Preceded in death by his wife, Verna (1992), companion, Dana, his son, Scott and son- in-law, Tom Frank.
Survived by daughters- Jane Martin, Suzanne Ericson (Jeff), Michelle Patchen and Mary Frank, -grandsons Jason, Kyle, Taylor, Nick and Andrew-granddaughters Deanna, Katy, Katrina and great grandchildren Kaylee, Sam, Alex, Lily, Layla and Max. Survived also by sister-in-law, Jane Harris Wilkins and Cindy Harris Galey (Jerry).
A celebration of Bob's life will be held on August 14, 2021 in Scotts Valley at the Spring Lakes Mobile Home Park community hall at 1 PM. All who would like to come and share memories and fellowship are most welcome.
Bob's family gives thanks for the support of VNA hospice and their commitment to a calm and peaceful end of life. View the online memorial for Robert Veon Williams
Published by Santa Cruz Sentinel on Aug. 1, 2021.