Robert (Bob) Williams Jr., 91, died peacefully in the arms of his wife and son Rod at his home on Saturday, March 27, 2021 in Baker City, Oregon. A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 2, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland, Oregon. Pastor Troy Teeter of the First Church of the Nazarene in Baker City will officiate.
Born and raised in Richland, Oregon to parents Robert (Bob) and Elva (Waelty), he married the love of his life Ethelyn (Randall) in 1951 soon after she graduated high school. They soon had 3 children. Bob worked as a sawyer for Ellingson lumber company until his retirement in 1994, shortly before the mill closed.
Bob loved the outdoors, especially the Wallowa’s, and enjoyed many family trips to the mountains hunting, fishing, and camping. Family vacation road trips were an almost annual tradition to explore new sights. He had many interests and hobbies including, remodeling houses, fixing appliances, woodworking, old cars, and even learned how to fly an airplane. He loved archaeology and historical information and traveled both the Oregon Trail and the Lewis and Clark trail.
After retirement he filled his time volunteering at Meals on Wheels, the Oregon Interpretive Center, the Baker Heritage Museum, and the Baker Rural Fire Department. He and Eth also then took the opportunity to explore places that interested them around the world via cruises and country tours. They especially enjoyed a trip through the Panama Canal (after reading a documentary about its construction).
Bob was eventually sidelined by the effects of diabetes but didn’t let that keep him from continuing to be as active and engaged with people as he possibly could. He continued to find ways to improve the world around him.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters Lorene (Chandler) and Isla (Graven).
Survivors include his wife Ethelyn, sons Dan (Sue) Williams and Rod (Jacque) Williams, daughter Linda (TJ) Lively, sister Dorothy Randall, 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions in Bob’s honor can be made to the Baker Heritage Museum, or (per his wishes) - to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Avenue, Baker City, Oregon 97814.
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