Robert Clay Williams

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Robert Clay Williams, 85, Nevada, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin following a lengthy illness. Bob was born July 10, 1932, in Walker to John Henry and Jessie Alice (Tons) Williams.

Bob was raised in Walker and graduated from Bronaugh High School Class of 1950. He served in the United States Army from December 1952 to December 1954 in Korea during the Korean War. Bob received numerous medals including a Bronze Service Star. He returned to the Hepler and Girard, Kan., area where he farmed and raised Charolais cattle most of his life. Following retirement he came to Nevada where he continued to reside. Bob was a member of the Community Christian Church in Nevada. He was also a member of VFW No. 2175 and the American Legion Post No. 2 of Nevada. Bob was especially proud his trip to Washington, D.C., with the South Coffey County High School Honor Flight.

In 1961 he married Bettie Jean Martin and together they had four children which include R. Scott Williams and his wife Bobbi, Columbus, Kan., Todd Williams and his wife Kim, Dallas, Texas, Tonettie Westerlin and her husband Dick, San Antonio, Texas, and Stephaen Williams and his wife Shirley, Franklin, Kan. Also surviving are ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Thomas Williams and his wife Marvelyn, Ft. Scott; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 4, at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Walker.

Memorials are suggested to Parsons High School Honor Flight in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

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