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Robert E. Williamson, Sr., D.D.S.

12/6/1931 - 5/8/2018

PEKIN ~ Robert Eugene “Doc” Williamson, Sr., D.D.S., 86, of Pekin, passed away at 1:08 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Born December 6, 1931 in Lincoln, Illinois to Leslie Norred and Beulah Victoria (Scott) Williamson, he married Shirley Jean Propst on April 21, 1956 in Lincoln.  She survives.

Also surviving are his six children, Leslie Neil Williamson, Gail Dianne (George Beranek, M.D.) Williamson, M.D., Natalie Sue (Rob Stash) Williamson, Brenda Kay (Jeff) Sayles, and Brian Dean Williamson, all of Pekin, and Robert Eugene (Elizabeth) Williamson, Jr. of Hobart, Indiana; fifteen grandchildren; and twenty-one great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant children; one sister, Dorothy Cargill; and three brothers, Clyde Williamson, Arthur Williamson, M.D., and Leslie Williamson, Jr.

He was a 1950 graduate of Lincoln Community High School, and was active in his reunions.

A United States Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, he served from January 22, 1952 to January 16, 1956 as a dental technician.  He had served aboard the USS Newport News, the USS Macon, and the USS Malkab. 

He attended Lincoln College and graduated from Illinois College in Jacksonville.  He was a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, receiving his Dental degree in 1962 and his Orthodontics degree in 1964.  Following graduation, he was an instructor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry for 5 years.  Dr. Williamson did ground breaking research that led to our understanding of the normal human tooth development.

Dr. Williamson practiced orthodontics as Robert E. Williamson, D.D.S. from 1964 to 1994 in the Texas Building on South 4th Street in Pekin.

Dr. Williamson was a member of the Peoria District Dental Society (past president), Illinois State Dental Society, Illinois Society of Orthodontists, Pekin Moose Family Center #916, Pekin Elks Lodge #1271, Kiwanis Club of Pekin, and the William Schafer American Legion Post #44 in Pekin.  He attended St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pekin.

Doc was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed sharing his catches with others.  He enjoyed traveling and visiting new places, gardening, canning, chess, puzzles, and playing cards, especially Gin Rummy.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pekin.  The Rev. Daniel Bishop will officiate.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin and also from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church.  Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lucas Chapel Cemetery in rural Lincoln, where military rites will be accorded by the United States Navy and Lincoln American Legion Post #263. 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 711 Court Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or to Good Shepherd Lutheran School, 3201 Court Street, Pekin, IL 61554. 

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com

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