Richard P. Williams, a former sales engineer for Lehigh Portland Cement Co. and World War II veteran, died of Alzheimer's disease Sunday at Multi-Medical Center in Towson. He was 81.
Mr. Williams was born and raised in Chicago Heights, Ill., and left the University of Illinois in 1942 when he enlisted in the Army Air Forces. A navigator, he was assigned to the 306th Bomb Group in England and flew many combat missions aboard B-17 bombers over Germany. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and attained the rank of captain.
He returned to Illinois and earned a bachelor's degree in 1947 in civil engineering. He began his career that year as a sales engineer with Alpha Portland Cement Co. in Ironton, Ohio.
Mr. Williams moved to Cockeysville in 1971 and continued working for the company until retiring in 1982. He worked for six years as a sales engineer for Lehigh Portland Cement Co. until retiring again in 1988.
He enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and the Country Club of Maryland. He also liked duck hunting and tennis.
He was a longtime member and deacon at Havenwood Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Ridgely Road, Timonium, where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife of 29 years, the former Peggy Frazier; a son, Richard G. Williams of Fort Lauderdale, Fla; two daughters, Carol A. Pepper of Nashville, Tenn., and Joan K. Mwamlima of Norfolk, Va.; two stepsons, Richard M. Frazier of Jacksonville, Fla., and James C. Frazier of Towson; two stepdaughters, Nancy F. O'Brien of Catonsville and Mary Frazier Kuhn of Columbia; two sisters, Nancy Loudon and Evelyn Williams, both of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and 11 grandchildren. Mr. Williams was married for 21 years to the former Esther Jones, who died in 1968. A stepdaughter, Catherine "Kay" Jones, died last month.