Roy H. Williams
Roy was born Nov. 9, 1925, in Dayton, Wash., the son of Archie E. and Bonithia M. (Owens) Williams. He attended schools in Dayton and Snohmish, Wash.
He joined the US Army at Fort Lewis, Wash., and took training at Camp Roberts in California. He served overseas in Manila as a jeep dispatcher in the motorpool. While overseas, a jeep was donated to a war bond drive from students at the Gilford Grade School. Roy wrote to the school and received a letter from a student wanting to know more about the Philippines. He sent a packet to him and got a letter from Pat Baker, an employee in the dietary services at the school, who wanted a penpal and wrote while Roy was overseas. Roy was honorably discharged in April, 1946 and returned to Washington.
Roy went to work for Willey’s Express and had several others jobs before becoming an RFD mail carrier. He retired in 1989 after 36 years with the US Postal Service.
Roy was a member of the Taylor Community Chorus and Wilkins-Smith Post 1, American Legion, and was an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 49. He was an avid camper and, from 1965 to 1999, he traveled throughout New England, Florida, and cross-country.
While his children were growing up, he spent many hours at Gilford Beach.
Survivors include daughters Susan Williams of Belmont, Kathryn Eltzroth and her husband, Jack, of Gilford, and Linda Parker and her husband, Greg, of Gilmanton; son Gary M. Williams and his wife, Martha, of Jacksonville, Fla.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister Ada Bell of Vancouver, Wash., and several nephews and nieces.
In addition to his parents, Roy was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Patricia N. (Baker) Williams; his second wife, Evelyn Williams; a brother, Ray Williams; and a sister, Rosa Williams.
There will be no calling hours.
A Graveside Service will be on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m. at the family lot in Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilford.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Central NH VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main St., Laconia NH 03246; or to the St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Activities Fund, 406 Court St., Laconia NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.