Arthur Williamson


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Posted Online: Dec. 02, 2012, 8:32 pm
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Arthur Franklin Williamson, 85, of Andalusia, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Trinity, Rock Island, surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the family for a memorial fund to be established at a later date. Burial will be in Andalusia Cemetery.

Arthur was born Aug. 5, 1927, in Glenville, Minn., the son of Russell A. and Jennie Ruth (Battin) Williamson. He married R. Nancy Rowe on June 18, 1951, in the main post chapel at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

He attended schools in Rock Island and Sandoval. Arthur was a United States Army veteran, having served with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., as a paratrooper from 1948 to 1952.

Arthur had been employed for more than 23 years with Asplundh Tree Co. as a foreman and general foreman, where he was awarded with a five-star safety achievement. He later worked as an Andalusia village police officer from 1965 to 1967. Arthur became chief of police for the village from June 1967 to March 1973. He completed numerous trainings and received certificates from the state of Illinois for Basics of Criminal Investigation. A certificate from the University of Illinois division of University Extension Police Training Institute, police community relations workshops from the University of Illinois, Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network and several classes in bomb disposal training at the Rock Island Arsenal. He later retired from Brandt Construction Co., Milan.

Arthur was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rock Island, Quad City Council of Police Chiefs, Bi-State Metropolitan Law Enforcement Committee, Illinois Juvenile Officers and Local 309 Labor Union. He was an honorary member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 55 and 160.

Arthur was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy; children and spouses, Sheila (Richard) Kiddoo, Andalusia, Rick (Judy) Williamson, South West Rock Island, Penny (Frank) Peeters, Davenport, Bryan (Jody) Williamson, Sherrard, Troy Williamson, Moline, Lori (Douglas) Ruden, Davenport, Kevin Williamson, Andalusia; 18 grandchildren; one stepgrandson; 19 great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-laws, Donna Williamson and Rose Williamson Fugate.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Arthur Joe Williamson in 2007; two brothers; and two sisters.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.wheelanpressly.com.














 



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