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Obituary: Robert Dale Williams

Robert Dale Williams, Sept. 12, 1936 - Jan. 8, 2013

Information provided by Larson-Nelson Funeral Home.

Robert Dale Williams, 76, of Yorkville, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at the Hillside Healthcare Center in Yorkville. He was born on Sept. 12, 1936 in Cadwell, the son of Elva and Wonita (Baltzell) Williams. 

Bob was united in marriage on May 29, 1954, to the former Wanda Mae Sawyer, and they spent 58 happy years of their lives together. Mr. Williams was, for over 26 years, a teacher at the Yorkville High School in Yorkville, where he also coached both the Track and Football teams. For several years, he managed the Countryside Movie Theater in Yorkville. Bob enjoyed golfing, and was an avid gardener at his home. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. 

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Williams, of Yorkville; his children, Rick Williams, of Yorkville, Marty (Nancy) Williams, of Mahomet, Deana Baumann, of Sandwich, and Curt (Mary) Williams, of Yorkville; his eight grandchildren; his seven great-grandchildren; his sister, Mary Coburn, of Elmhurst; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elva and Wonita Williams; his sister, Marge Phillips; his step grandson, Derek Baumann; and his brothers-in law, Warren Coburn and Keith Phillips.

Friends may visit from 12 - 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home, 410 E. Countryside Pkwy., Yorkville. Services and interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation, RA Foundation, American Diabetes Association, or the Yorkville Education Foundation.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, (630) 553-7611, or www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com

Sam Paisley January 10, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Great teacher and coach! My prayers to the family.
Sheila Thompson January 10, 2013 at 03:40 PM
A wise mentor, a fun friend, a powerful teacher, and a quality man...you and that mischievious twinkle in your eye will be greatly missed, my dear one! Prayers to Wanda and the family for peace.
Bill Barkley January 11, 2013 at 09:49 AM
I was very saddened at the news of Bob's passing, I considered him a very great person. He always had good things to say about everyone. I can't think of anyone that knew him that would not say the same. My sincere sympathies to Wanda and the family. May you hit them long and straight in the BIG golf course up above. Bark
Robyn Sutcliff January 11, 2013 at 11:35 PM
I remember Bob as being the owner/operator of our movie theater in town. When he owned it, the theater was a great place to go and employed many many local kids. It seems strange that he passed away the same day they broke ground on the property of his former movie theater. My condolences to him and his family.

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