Robert Williams, 85

Robert D. Williams, 85, Silver Lake, died Sunday, Sept. 22, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Warsaw. He was born on March 15, 1928 to the late James Williams and Mary Jane Rice Williams in Carroll County. 

Robert was a proud Navy veteran, serving as a pipe fitter on the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge.  He retired from Fisher Body in Marion having worked for many years in machine repair.  He was married to Joann Smith, who survives in Silver Lake, on March 15, 2009.  Music and playing music was a very important aspect of Robert’s life.  In the 1950’s, he was a member of a bluegrass band that played on the radio in Wabash.  Later in life, Robert enjoyed playing gospel music on his guitar, especially to audiences at area nursing homes.  His faith was an important part of his life and in addition to playing music, Robert just enjoyed being a part of the church family at Silver Lake Wesleyan Church.  His family was the joy of his life and he enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  

In addition to his wife, Joann, he is survived by two sons, L. Russell (Kelly) Justice, Silver Lake, L. Raymond (Laura) Justice, Laverkin, Utah; two daughters, Laura Lynn (Douglas) Zumbrun, Upland, and Sally (Kevin) Bemis, Atlanta, Ga.; twelve grandchildren, Marcus and AnneBelle Justice, Laverkin, Utah, Jo (Kevin) Dudley, Marion, Missy Lynn (Willie) Brown, Appleton City, Mo., Cassie (Donald) Isaac, Douglas Jr., Brian, Amanda, Libby, and Clifton Zumbrun, all of Upland, Tristan and Kelsey Justice, Silver Lake; three great-grandchildren, Lyndsey and Trenton Dudley and Jamie Isaac; one sister, Betty Jane Vigar, Peru; and several nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by eight sisters and brothers.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Fairmount Chapel of Armes-Hunt Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Public visitation will be on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 12 until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.  The funeral service will be immediately following on Thursday at 2 p.m., with committal services to follow.  The services will be officiated by Pastor Gage Norem.  Interment will be at Park Cemetery in Fairmount.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Alzheimer’s Association in care of the funeral home.

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Posted on 2013 Sep 24