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Colonel Tom Williams, Jr. USMC (Ret.)

Tom WilliamsColonel Tom Williams, Jr. USMC (Ret.)passed away April 22, 2013 at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Mo.

Born Dec. 18, 1936 in West Pittston, Pa.,  Colonel Tom ‘Rat’ Williams served with distinction in the United State Marine Corps from 1954 to 1987, serving two combat tours as a Fighter Pilot in Viet Nam.

He is survived by his wife Ann; sons Robert (Julie) Williams, David (Kathy) Williams, and Ryan (Alexis) Small; daughter Carla (Fritz) Gottschalk; granddaughter Alyssa Williams; grandsons Cole Gottschalk and Sullivan Small, one brother, Fred (Julie) Williams.

After military retirement, Tom served on the Richmond Zoning Board, was a member of the local VFW and Richmond Masonic Lodge.

Memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church, Richmond, on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 2 p.m.  Internment with Full Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wounded Warrier Project.

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