Sunday, May 2, 2010

1stSgt. Robert Eugene Williams, USMC, Ret.

Robert Williams was born March 13, 1925 in Crawfordsville, Indiana and passed away on April 27, 2010 in Georgetown, Texas at the age of 85.

Robert spent most of his early childhood in Indiana, and moved to Texas as a young adult.  He joined the United States Marine Corps at the age of 18 years and retired with the rank of 1stSgt after over 30 years of honorable service.  He fought in World War II and in Korea and earned the Purple Heart three times.  He was also awarded the Bronze Star for valor. 

After his service, he returned to Texas and attended the University of Texas for a time, and then went to work as a Chemical Engineer for Jefferson Chemical and Texaco Chemical.  He spent most of his retired life in the Austin area where he raised his family.

Robert retired from the State of Texas as a Program Director for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs in March of 1985.

A service celebrating Robert’s life and his longtime service to his country was held on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown.

Assembled there were Patriot Guard Riders from central Texas and as far away as Houston.  The riders posted thirty American flags, and the flag of the United States Marine Corps, at the entrance of the Chapel to welcome the arriving family and friends.

1stSgt Robert Williams will be interred at the Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas on May 3, 2010.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Gloria, two daughters, one son, four step-children and many other dear family and friends.

With thanks to The Gabriels Funeral Chapel for biographical information.

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