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Richard Curtis Williams

January 25, 1946 December 18, 2007
Richard Curtis Williams
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Obituary for Richard Curtis Williams

Richard Curtis Williams, 61, of Vinton, died Tuesday, December 18, 2007, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo following a brief illness.    Funeral services will be held 2 PM Thursday, December 20, 2007, at Russell Funeral Home in Vinton with Pastor Jim Blair officiating. Military rites will be performed by George G. Luckey American Legion Post #57 of Vinton. Friends may call from noon until service time Thursday at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service, and inurnment will be held at a later date in West Virginia.    Richard was born January 25, 1946, in Huntington, West Virginia, the son of Hugh Curtis and Martha Francis Cermeans Williams. He attended Huntington High School until 1963, when he left for military service in the United States Army at the age of 17. He started in Special Forces in Germany and completed two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant. He earned his G.E.D. while in the Army and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland following his service. He moved to Vinton after his time in the military.     Richard married Crystal Nadine Scott at her father’s home in Urbana on May 22, 1970.    He worked at Perfex for 12 years, eventually being promoted to General Foreman. After Perfex closed and jobs were scarce, he worked as a Certified Nurses’ Aide in Dysart, Traer and Vinton. He also worked at Black Hawk Engineering for 3 years.    Richard was a member of Vinton’s George G. Luckey American Legion Post #57, the VFW and the AmVets. He also volunteered one day at week at the Iowa City VA for 7 years.     Richard is survived by his wife, Crystal Williams of Vinton; one daughter, Duska Williams and her husband Tom Phelps of Vinton; two granddaughters: Mercedes Jo and Mahlonna Joy Phelps of Vinton; and two sisters: Charlene Boise and Doris McDonald, both of Proctorville, OH; and his beloved dog, Sam.    He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Opal Lewis and Joann Ward; and several nieces and nephews.    The Richard C. Williams Memorial Fund has been established at Farmer’s Savings Bank in Vinton.

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