Roscoe Eugene "Gene" Williams, 72, of Columbus died at 6:12 a.m. August 2, 2014.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Doug Marcotte officiating. Calling will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service Thursday. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery in Columbus with military rites by the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.
Mr. Williams attended Columbus High School and served four years in the U.S. Navy on the presidential ship the USS North Hampton. He retired from Cummins Engine Company after 31 years of service. He attended St. Bartholomew Catholic Church and was an avid antique dealer and collector. Mr. Williams also enjoyed gardening and wood working.
Born July 15, 1942, in Indianapolis, Mr. Williams was the son of Roscoe Henry and Mary Ruth Herron Williams. He married Rose M. Pelley on June 10, 1964.
Survivors include his wife, Rose M. Williams; a son, Troy (April) Williams of Columbus; daughters, Missy Williams Hall of New Palestine. Annie (Coy) Lickliter of Fort Wayne, and Mandy (Joshua Emerson) Williams of Westfield; sister, Mary Ann (Ray) Dile of North Vernon; grandchildren, Christian S. and Elle' M. Williams, Chase D. Hall, and Park W. and Carly M. Lickliter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Savannah Rose Hall; and brothers, Larry and Leonard Williams.
Memorials may be made to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Indiana or Riley's Children Hospital in Indianapolis through the funeral home.