Richard O. Williams, 91, of Amherst, passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Providence Care Center, following a brief illness. Richard was born August 26, 1922 in Lorain, graduating from Lorain High School. Amherst has been his home since returning from the military in 1947.
Richard was the owner and operator of Dick’s Barber Shop in Amherst for 39 years retiring from the trade in 1986. He also worked at Norwalk Truck Line as a driver, Thew Shovel in Lorain, the U.S. Steel Mill and Gerbick Pontiac in Amherst.
He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during WWII. In his spare time he enjoyed golfing, winning the 1995 Amherst Golf Championship with his long time golfing partner, the late Steve Vilagi. Richard was a member of the Amherst Stonington Masonic Lodge, as well as SCOA, the Amherst VFW post 1662 and the Amherst American Legion Post 118. His family will remember his legacy as being that of a loving and generous man who treasured his family.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 68 years, Virginia “Ginny” Evelyn Williams (nee Gatchell); daughter, Karen and husband, Dan Hajduk of Uniontown, Ohio; son, Richard O. and wife Harriett Williams II of Amherst; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and his brother, Kenneth Williams of Amherst.
Richard was preceded in death by his brothers, Ronald and Dean Williams; and his parents, Robert E. and Bessie G. Williams (nee Bonhill).
Friends may call Friday, December 20, 2013 from 4 to 8 P.M. at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11 A.M. in the funeral home. The Rev. Daniel Reinke, Pastor of Old Stone United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township. Full military honors will be given by the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
The family wishes to gratefully acknowledge the tremendous care given to their parents by their “angels” Mikki and Stacy Groh as well as the staff at Stein Hospice.