Robert J. Williams

Born: Mon., Sep. 6, 1954
Died: Thu., Apr. 22, 2021


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Thu., Apr. 29, 2021
Location: Pittsfield Location

Funeral Service

6:00 PM Thu., Apr. 29, 2021
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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Robert J. Williams, age 66, of Pittsfield, IL passed away Thursday April 22, 2021 at his home. He was born on September 6, 1954 in Aurora, IL to James F. and Hattie Van Buskirk Williams. Bob married Joyce Smith on March 7, 1981 at the Griggsville Christian Church with the service conducted by Joe Hughes and she survives.

Bob attended school in Griggsville until his senior year and graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1973. He went on to Spoon River Community College and graduated in 1975 with an Associate Degree in Automotive Repair. Bob worked for Welbourne Electric in Jacksonville, when they closed he then went on to work for West Side Auto Parts in Jacksonville until he was unable to work due to polio. He loved to tinker in his garage and helped area farmers keep their equipment running. Bob loved his family and close friends and was known as a ‘gentle giant’. He was ornery, cantankerous and a wonderful storyteller. Bob loved to fish and greatly enjoyed his family and their ‘Pee Wee Adventures’.  Bob especially loved his title, ‘Uncle Bob Square Pants’ given to him by his great niece, Cylee McDaniles.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Joyce Williams; daughter, Denise (Mike) Joiner of Carlinville, IL; sister, Sharon Sneeden; nieces and nephews, Carrie McDaniles, Emily Smith, Jessica Lash, Jeremy Smith, Brad Sneeden, Bryan Sneeden, Lisa Taft, Jamie Flowers, Maggie Barker, Darrell Flowers, Lindsey Phillips, Danielle Teaney, Trenton Flowers, and Lathan Williams; brothers in law, Max Flowers and Jerry Smith; he is also survived by many great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Hattie Williams; brother, Rick Williams; sister, Patty Flowers; and brother in law, Butch Sneeden.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 6:00 PM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with visitation prior to the service from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to be made to the Pittsfield Fire Department. Online condolences may be left to the family at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Robert's memory to the following organization:

Pittsfield Fire Department

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