Richard D Williamson

Richard D Williamson

Male 1934 - 2018  (84 years)

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  • Name Richard D Williamson 
    Born 01 May 1934  Kimberly, Outagamie, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    1848 Ship Descendant of an Immigrant on Maria Magdalena 
    Died 22 Oct 2018 
    Buried 26 Oct 2018  St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Outagamie, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • New/12/59
    • My Grandpa Richard Williamson was born May 1, 1934 on the kitchen table in an
      apartment upstairs above a tavern in Kimberly, Wisconsin. He attended Holy Name
      Grade School. When he was 12 years old, he started to work at Kimberly Flowers.
      Grandpa and his brothers picked up junk bikes and made their own bikes from
      the parts, so they would have something to ride. He played cops and robbers with his
      friends. One day while playing cops and robberJhe was climbing up into the garage
      attic, standing on a tireJwhen his brother said, "bang bang". He jumped, causing the
      tire he was standing on to moveJand he fell head first, landing on a shovel and splitting
      his head open, which required two damps from the doctor. Another thing Grandpa did
      in his childhood was follow the ice truck, with his neighbors, to get small pieces of ice to
      cool them down. When the iceman came back to the truckJthe kids would run. One
      day while doing this, he was hit by a car. This also happened two other times, so
      Grandpa was hit by cars three times in his youth.
      My Grandpa worked at Kimberly Flowers until he graduated from Kimberly High
      School. On June 8J 1953 Grandpa joined the Navy and was in the Navy four years. He
      went through basic training at Great Lake Naval Station and then attended machine
      repairman school in San Diego. In January of 1954 he went on board a "tin can"
      destroyer ship, USS Walke DD723, which traveled to Hawaii and Japan. He served on
      the USS Walke until June of 1957.
      After the NavYJ my Grandpa worked at Kimberly Clark and had a business out of
      his home, where he worked with flowers. He became a maintenance superintendent
      before he was forced to take a disability pension, due to health issues in October of
      Since 2004, my Grandpa took over the Secretary/Treasurer position of the USS
      Walke Association and helps plan annual reunions with his shipmates.
      One of Grandpa's favorite things to do is spend time with his grandchildren.
      Sam Schommer, 2010

      Richard Williamson was born May 1. When he was a kid there was an iceman and an ice-cream man and the iceman threatened to put a sharp piece of ice through his ears because he would grab the small chips of ice from the truck. The ice-cream man gave him all the ice-cream that was left at the end of the day. One time he was running away from the iceman and he got hit by a car. He got hit by cars five or six times while young. He was in the Navy for a few years and went to Japan and Hawaii. In the Navy, he was a machinist and cook. While serving meals, the commander was always very rude, so my Grandpa got back at him by serving him slimy eggs and burnt toast. After leaving the Navy, Grandpa married Mary Lou Aerts and they had 4 children, Linda, Dan, Paul and Jill. He built his own house and installed his pool. On his deck outside of his pool he has a diving platform made out of wood. He also has a slide, but the water pump broke so, it isn't really a water slide, but is still fun. He loves swimming and really likes it when we bring friends over to use the pool. My Grandpa was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrigs disease) and has neuropathy in his feet, but he stays very positive. The doctors said he was supposed to die about 10 years ago, but he is still living. I am so glad that I got to know him and he didn't die 10 years ago because I wouldn't have gotten to know him and would not know who he is when my mom talks about him. Our family goes to Grandpa and Grandma's house on Sunday to spend family time. He has really cool stories and he has a very interesting life. I love him.
      Max Schommer, 2011
    • Little Chute - Richard D. Williamson, age 84, of Little Chute, passed away on Monday, October 22, 2018. He was born on May 1, 1934, son of the late Sylvan and Mary (Poppe) Williamson. On August 17, 1963, Richard married Mary Lou Aerts at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Little Chute.

      Richard proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1954-1957. He later served as secretary/treasurer for the USS Walke Association, which was the ship he served on, for 10 years. Richard was a long time member of the American Legion Post #258, Little Chute. He enjoyed gardening, planting flowers, golfing, playing cards and BINGO. Richard was also an advocate for and a mentor to others struggling with ALS. He was very proud to donate tissues after he passed to help in research and finding a cure for the disease. Most importantly, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed attending their events and spending as much time with them as possible.

      Richard is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Mary Lou Williamson; his children: Linda (special friend, Barry DeWall) Williamson, Dan (Doreen) Williamson, Jill (Nedd) Schommer and Paul (Sara) Williamson; grandchildren: Emilie, Grant, Madelyn and Tyler Williamson, Sam and Max Schommer; siblings: Ken (Rosemary) Williamson, Audrey (Paul) Janssen, Nancy Landgraf, David (Judy) Williamson and Alan Williamson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

      Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvan and Mary; father and mother-in-law, Harold and Maggie Aerts; and a brother-in-law, John Landgraf.

      Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at the Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home, 101 Canal Street, Little Chute, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Thursday morning at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, 323 S. Pine Street, Little Chute, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. Full military honors will be performed by the American Legion Post #258, Little Chute. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery. For online condolences, please visit

      The Williamson family would like to extend a special thank you to the staffs of Cherry Meadows, Birch Cottage and ThedaCare Hospice for the wonderful care and compassion shown to Richard.
    Person ID I10715  Little Chute Historical Society
    Last Modified 11 Mar 2020 

    Father Ancestors Silvan John Williamsen,   b. 31 Aug 1911, Kimberly, Outagamie, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1990, Kimberly, Outagamie, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Ancestors Mary Alberta Poppe,   b. 15 Feb 1912, Norway, Dickinson Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Jan 1994  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 04 Aug 1931 
    Family ID F3232  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ancestors Living 
    Married: 2x1. Living
    +2. Living
    +3. Living
    +4. Living
    Family ID F3572  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 01 May 1934 - Kimberly, Outagamie, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 26 Oct 2018 - St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Outagamie, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
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