Robert Williams, 87, of Norwalk, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, in the Medical University of Ohio at Toledo.
He was born May 10, 1920, in Shadyside, Ohio, to John H. Williams and Velma F. (Vanaman) Williams, now deceased. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theatre, and was an ex-prisoner of war. He lived in Wadsworth and moved to Norwalk in 1959, where he was an active member of the First United Methodist Church. He served on the Norwalk City Council as 4th ward councilman, and councilman at large for 14 years, officer with the Huron County Board of Elections and Huron County Democratic Central Committee. He worked 25 years at Clevite Elastomers in Milan as a shipping and receiving manager, retiring in 1983. He also devoted many hours in service to the community.
He was a life member of the Norwalk VFW Post 2743 and past commander of the Huron County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 62. He was a 32 degree member of the Mt. Vernon Lodge 64, F.&A.M, Eastern Star Chapter, O.E.S. No. 15 in Norwalk, and the Singara Grotto Shrine Club in Sandusky.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Rose (Nota) Williams; daughters, Veronica (Richard) Rospert of Norwalk and Loneli (Nathan) Polly of Mayking, Ky.; sons, John R. (Mary Carol) Williams of Snellville, Ga., James C. (Joanne) Williams of Norwalk and Michael H. (Adrienne) Williams of Oxford, Ohio; brothers, John D. Williams and Karl Williams, both of California; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter in infancy, Mary Ellen Williams; and a brother, Earl Williams.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Sunday in Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main St., Norwalk, where a Masonic service will be 6 p.m. Services will be 1 p.m. Monday in First United Methodist Church, 60 W. Main St., Norwalk. The Rev. Roger E. Smith, pastor of the church, will officiate. Private interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be sent to First United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 60 W. Main St., Norwalk, OH 44857; or Mt. Vernon Lodge 64.
Condolences may be sent to norwalkfuneral.com.