Richard S. Williams, 87, Ford dealer parts manager

September 25, 2004

Richard S. Williams, a retired parts manager for a Bel Air Ford dealership, died Wednesday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. The Towson resident was 87.

Born and raised in Bennington, Vt., he served in the Army as a radio operator from 1941 to 1945 in New Guinea, the Philippines and the East Indies.

He moved to Baltimore in the 1940s and was parts manager at Plaza Ford in Bel Air until retiring in 1976. He then worked part-time at Norris Ford in Dundalk until 2002.

Mr. Williams enjoyed fishing and gardening, and he had a large woodworking shop at his home.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 12:30 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane in Cockeysville, where he was an usher.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 57 years, the former Blanche Chmiel; two sons, Richard Alan Williams of Greensboro, Caroline County, and Donald Edward Williams of Millers, Carroll County; a daughter, Nancy Kay Glenn of Easton; a brother, Fritz Williams of Denton, Texas; four sisters, Ruth Williams of Biddeford, Maine, Marion Rowe of Miami, Elsie Martin of Peaster, Texas, and Virginia Allen of Flint, Mich.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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