WILLIAMSON, Ronald 1901-1945
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 10/25/2016 at 07:51:05
Ronald Williamson Reburial Rites Next Saturday
Reburial services will be held at the Coffman Funeral Home next Saturday afternoon, beginning at two o'clock for Lt. Ronald Williamson, youngest son of Mrs. R. J. Williamson who was killed while in the service of his country on May 3rd, 1945. The services at the funeral home will be conducted by Rev. Gerben Van Putten, pastor of the First Presbyterian church in Grundy Center. Burial will be in the Grundy Center cemetery. There will be a military service conducted by the Grundy American Legion Post at the graveside.
Relatives from a distance who will be here for the service are Mr. and Mrs. George Williamson, Coral Gables, Florida, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Williamson, Compton, California, Mrs. Wilma Glenn, Des Moines. Mrs. F. W. Foxworthy, Berkeley, California, arrived here a few weeks ago.
Body Arrived Here Thursday
The body with other deceased war veterans who had been buried overseas in the Pacific area of the war arrived in San Francisco some time ago and was sent from there to the distribution center at Chicago and it reached Grundy Center this morning in company of a navy officer of the same rank from Chicago.
Born and Grew Up in Grundy Center
Ronald Williamson was born in Grundy Center on December 3rd, 1901. He was the youngest of the family of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Williamson. He attended school here. He took his high school training in Shattuck Military Academy at Faribault, Minn. After completing the course at the military school he attended Grinnell college at Grinnell, Iowa. He went from Grinnell to Oregon where he received his degree from Oregon State University. For a number of years he served as a member of the faculty at the Shattuck school.
Was in Philippines 7 Years
After leaving the Faribault school he went to the Philippine Islands, where for seven years he served as a school supervisor.
In 1933 he returned to the United States. A year later he was given a position in the office of the internal revenue collector at Des Moines. He served part time in the office and part time in the field. His headquarters were at Shenandoah where he was called into the armed service in 1942. He was sent for training to the west coast, at Camp Adair, Camp Lewis and Camp White. He was then sent to an officers' training commissioned a second lieutenant on June 30, 1944. After receiving his commission he served for two months in the office of the adjutant general in Washington. In September of that year he was sent to Princeton where he received a nine weeks' course in military government. He was home on his last furlough during the Christmas holiday of 1944.
Ronald Williamson was a member of a family of seven children, all of whom were born and grew up in Grundy Center. The father and one brother, Carlyle, preceded Ronald in death. Those surviving are his mother, two brothers, Ray from California and George from Florida; three sisters, Mrs. J. G. Dalzell, Grundy Center, Mrs. Fred Foxworthy of Berkeley, Calif., and Mrs. Wilma Glenn, Des Moines.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 17 February 1949, pg 1, 12
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