Bertrom Lewis Williams, Jr.
God must have needed a storyteller and fishing buddy as he called our father, Bertrom Lewis Williams, Jr. home on Saturday, November 23, 2019. Bert was born on June 8, 1926 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Bertrom and Mildred Williams. His father later married his second wife, Elizabeth who raised Bert and provided a stable home for him after the depression, until Bert enlisted in the U.S.Navy on June 21,1943 at age 17.
After WWII ended, Bert went back home to Indiana for a short time and decided he wanted to re-up into the military, this time choosing the U.S. Army – which eventually had a new branch evolve called the Army Air Corp (eventually U. S. Air Force) and he became trained as an aircraft mechanic and crew chief. In 1956, while stationed in Florida, he had a blind date with Vidula May Coxwell, our Mother, and they were married almost 60 years until she passed in 2016. Vi was the epitome of the great military career wife who followed Bert all over the world, experiencing crisis times of the Korean War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Eventually Bert retired at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas Nevada in 1964. He then spent another 19 years working for Wackenhut Security Services at the Nevada test site.
During Bert’s life, his many interests included carpentry, auto mechanics, camping, hunting and fishing, rock hunting and just being outdoors. Bert never met a dog or a kid he didn’t like. He also never met a stranger as he loved to learn and talk to people. He was also a self-educated man, dropping out of school in the ninth grade, he became a voracious reader, loved music, science and nature, and figuring out how things worked.
After he finally “retired” again, he and Vi moved back to Florida where Vi was originally from and resided with his son and family.
He is survived by his daughter, Robin (Bruno) Peri; grandson, Benjamin Auer (Ashley); great-grandson, Jackson. He is also survived by his son, Robert Lewis Williams (Linda); as well as grandsons, David and Michael.
He was predeceased by his father, Bertrom Lewis Williams, mother, Mildred, stepmother, Elizabeth and step- mother Alma. He was also predeceased by his wife Vi.
He will be interred at a later date at the Nevada Veterans Cemetery in Fernley, Nevada.
In memory of our Father, in lieu of flowers or donations, we ask that you take his words to heart. In a moment of lucidity amidst Alzheimer’s Disease he said, “I have a wife, daughter, son and grandsons. I wish I had hugged them more and told them I loved them more”
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.