Coy A. Williamson Jr., 88, of Waterloo, died Jan. 5, 2014, in Waterloo.
He was born Sept. 25, 1925, in Percy to the late Coy A. and Surelda (nee Danley) Williamson Sr.
Coy graduated from Valmeyer High School in 1943. He served in the military from 1943-46, including U.S. Navy Radioman Third Class, WWII – Radio School in Oxford, Ohio, U.S.S Garrard, troop transport ship, Pacific Ocean and Bay of Yokama Harbor, and later the U.S.S. Missouri. He was discharged April 26, 1946, with the WWII Victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, and one star. In Jan. 1951, he was called back to the Navy for the Korean Conflict. He was a radioman third class aboard the U.S.S. Tarrawa aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean. He was discharged April 1952. Further education included Telegraphy School Class of 1947 – St. Louis and SIUE night courses in marketing for 18 months. Coy’s employment included Meisenbach’s Groc. in Valmeyer, Luhr Bros., Oiler, Gulf Pipe Line, Telegrapher, and Swift Ind. Pkg. 1954-1988, salesman. He belonged to organizations including American Legion Valmeyer Post 901 (69-year member, served as commander and chaplain), member of St. John UCC (served on consistory board 1984-94), Sunday school teacher for four years, Valmeyer volunteer fireman for 36 years (retired 1994), Swimpac Comm. 1960s and Masonic Lodge 747 in Waterloo.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy V. Williamson, nee Redolfi; children Mary Jo Robinson and Barbara (Stacy) Roberts; grandchildren Bethany (Kevin) Booher, Audie (Abby) Prange and April (Ryan) Jarvis; great-grandchildren Remy Liam Penn Booher, Louden Ty Booher, Luke Hardy, Tressel Jarvis, Scarlet Jarvis; sister Phoebe Mae Louer; along with nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Mary Jane (Rusty) Reichert, niece Gwen Reichert, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bill and Joanne Byots and brothers-in-law Joe Redolfi and Carlyle Louer.
Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 10 and 10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 11 at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo.
A funeral service will take place 11 a.m. Jan. 11 at St. John United Church of Christ in Valmeyer, Pastor David Riebeling officiating.
Interment will follow at St. John Cemetery in Valmeyer.
Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ in Valmeyer.