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Bobbie L. Williams, 87, a Norton, Kan., died Friday, June 19, 2015, at the Norton County Hospital in Norton, Kan., ahead of his beloved wife, Virginia, one day after their 62 wedding anniversary. Bobbie was born July 31, 1927, in McLeansboro, the son of John and Pearl Lee (Williams) Williams. He graduated from high school in McLeansboro. He served two tours in the United States Army, the second during the Korean War, serving with the First Calvary Division, earning the Korean Service Medal with four campaign stars, a Combat Medical Badge and the Purple Heart. He was united in marriage to his wife, Virginia Mae Bracken, on June 18, 1953, in McLeansboro. The couple were blessed with the birth of two daughters, Janet and Debra. They moved to Ft. Morgan, Colo., were Bob retired as store manager from the Republic Supply Company, an oilfield supply business. He was later employed as the office manager for H&S Testing, a seismic testing company, for many years. After 42 years in Ft. Morgan, Bob and Virginia moved to Norton, Kan.,to be near their daughter, Debra, and husband Jim. Bob enjoyed the last days of his life telling stories, lunching with Virginia and Deb, spoiling his schnauzer Marley, and bragging about his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His great love in life was his family; his wife, Virginia; his home; and his daughters, Janet Crow of Eaton, Colo., and Debra Jackson of Norton, Kan. He said that his “second life” began whenever he became a granddad to Jeff, Rachel and then followed by Josh. Then, he was blessed to become a great-granddad to Brinley and Braxton. He also leaves behind his brother, James Williams, of Ft. Worth, Texas; and a sister, Joyce Scudamore of Decatur, Tenn. Cremation was chosen and a private family inurnment will follow in the Kansas Veterans' Cemetery at Wakeeney, Kan. Condolences may be sent to his wife, Virginia, at 405 N. Graves. Ave., Norton, KS, 67654. Bob lived for and loved his family all of his days and passed with all of their love for him in his heart. Arrangements by Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel, P.O. Box 563, Phillipsburg, KS, 67661. Online condolences may be left at www.olliffboeve.com.
Published on  June 29, 2015
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