Richard M. Williams, III , 94, passed away peacefully on December 30, 2020, at “The Bridge at Inverrary”, in Lauderhill, FL.
He is sadly missed by his sister Margaret (Ray) Daniels of North Olmsted Ohio; sisters-in-law, Chris (John dec) Williams of Fernandia Beach Fl, and Jo (Donald dec) Williams of Oceanside New York. Richard has five nephews, six nieces, and several great nieces and nephews, which made for many happy gatherings.
Richard was born on August 11, 1926 in Batavia NY, to Theresa Price Williams and Richard Martin Williams, II, of Eldred Pa. He entered the United States Army Corp on August 1944 and went on active duty in Fort McClelland AL, for basic training till November 1944. He went to Europe in January 1944 for assignment to the 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division in Kalterherberg Germany, January 1945.
He was awarded the “Purple Heart” in Remagen of March 1945 and was later sent to Regensberg, Mooseberg, Dachau, Schongau. Richard was Discharged on June 11, 1946. He also received the “Bronze Star”, and “Battle Stars” at the Ardennes, Rineland and the “Central Europe Infantry” badge. Richard was recalled in September 1950 for Korea, and served till August 1951.
Richard attended Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA.; Champlain College,Plattsburg, N Y; University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI; Tri-State College, now known as Trine University, Angola, IN, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering; Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, receiving a Master’s in Business Administration.
Worked for the American Can Company in Maywood, IL, as chemist from September 1952 to October 1961. Midwest Steel Division of National Corp in Portage IN, as a metallurgist and quality assurance from 1961 to 1995 when he retired.
A member of Sigma Phi Delta a professional Engineering Fraternity at Trine University, American Chemical Society, Chicago Chemist Club, American Society of Metals, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, The Knights of Columbus, Ninth Infantry Division Association, American Association of Individual Investors. He loved to dance and was a member of many square dance and ballroom clubs and danced all the rest of his life.
Richard moved to Florida in 2002 and became involved with the senior centers; dancing, exercising, playing bingo and other activities. He was a member of St Helen Catholic Church in Lauderdale Lakes Fl.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Richard M Williams, II, and Theresa Price Williams; sister, Mary E. Nelson; two brothers, John R. Williams, and Donald Williams, and his niece, Theresa Lutchman.
A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Richard will be laid to rest in Eldred, PA.
In his memory, he would like you to take a friend to lunch.