Roger Burton Williams Jr, age 93, born in Toledo, Ohio May 13, 1926, died in
Columbus, Ohio, November 5, 2019. Roger retired as an electrical
engineer from Mettler-Toledo in 1991 after more than 25 years of diligent service.
His work with Metlter-Toledo and its predecessor, Toledo Scale, produced 26 US
patents to his credit.
He was a graduate of DeVilbis High School (Toledo) in 1944, and Worchester
Polytechnic Institute (Massachusetts) where he was a graduate of the Navy V-12
College Training Program and was commissioned an ensign in 1947.
Roger was life member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers)
and a life member of the Kelleys Island Historical Association serving terms as
president and secretary.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Roger B. and Alice (Hills) Williams,
and sisters, Frances Toepfer and Margery Frick.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Madeleine (nee Dunne) sons; Ned (Linda)
and Peter (Elizabeth), daughters, Sheila (Scott) Brockmeier, and Sally Williams
(Steve Weary) grandchildren; Jason, David, Brian, Todd, Kathy, Anne, and
Connor, and 7 great-grandchildren.
Roger's favorite place in the world was Kelleys Island, Ohio in Lake Erie. The
Williams family built a cottage in 1930 and it has been a summer retreat ever
since. He relished the beauty, the history and peacefulness of the island. At a
young age on the island he started "messing in boats" as he called it. He had
numerous boats and went sailing frequently from the island well into his 80's. He
imparted a love of the lake and the outdoors to his children and grandchildren
who cherish the island to this day. Everyone in the family and many friends have
fond memories of "sailing with Roger". Roger was a member of the Nature
Conservancy and Audubon demonstrating his belief that the environment and
business must have a balance. In addition to sailing Roger enjoyed fishing,
golfing, Dixieland jazz, and spending time with family and friends. All will miss
Roger's smile and good humor.
A celebration of Roger's life and burial service will take place on Kelleys Island,
Ohio in June 2020.
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