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Robert A. Williams, Sr.

December 13, 2012
Morning Journal News

Robert A. Williams, 92, of Brussels, Belgium; formerly of Lisbon, died Saturday, December 8, 2012 in Belgium.

Born the son of Raymond and Millie Paul Williams, he spent his childhood summers from 1920-1942 at the family farm on Glasgow Road, Highlandtown area.

Mr. Williams graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Civil Engineering. In the mid-1940s, he was an Instructor in the U.S. Army. Later, he attended Law School at Akron University.

Mr. Williams resided in Brussels, Belgium with his partner of almost 30 years, Ms. Enriqueta (Nicky) Martinez-Duarte.

Before moving to Belgium, Mr. Williams was the owner and operator of several businesses in Lisbon, including: Lisbon Lumber Company, Brown and Williams Construction Co., Williams Trucking Company (with partner Ralph Toot), and Williams and Company (Engineers and Steel Fabricators).

In Europe, Mr. Williams, a self-taught computer expert worked for numerous European concerns, writing his own software programs, and trouble-shooting for specific technical issues. He also did considerable technical translations. He continued work into his 90th year.

Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents who are buried at Bethel Chuchyard, Highlandtown. He was also preceded by his sisters Jane Skillin and Beth Dorsch; and by his son Robert A. Williams, Jr., in 1973.

He is survived by his loving partner Nicky, her children and grandchildren, all in Europe. Mr. Williams is also survived by granddaughters Sarah Williams Glenn and Anna Jennifer Williams, both of California, by special niece Carole Dorsch Schweitzer of Virginia and by Maia (Janie) Williams of North Carolina.

Locally, Mr. Williams is survived by stepdaughter Suzanne Cowen of Salem. He is also survived by stepdaughter Sandra Arter of Guilford Lake, Lisbon, with whom he shared a close and special friendship of over 50 years.

Arrangements and final rest will take place in Europe.

Remembrances may be made to Lepper Library, Lisbon, Ohio.




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