|Arthur John Williamson, 83, of Galesburg, died at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2013 at home, surrounded by his family.
He was born September 17, 1929 in rural Wataga, Ill., the son of George and Carrie Schwarz Williamson. He married Charlotte Brown on June 22, 1952 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Galesburg.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Charlotte; a son, The Rev. Terry (wife Becky) Williamson of DeWitt, Mich.; a daughter, Nancy (husband Mark) Halverson of Rockford, Ill.; three grandchildren, Seth (wife Amy) Williamson, Isaac Williamson, and Richard Halverson; and two great grandchildren, Ayden Halverson and Zoe Mae Williamson to be born in August 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dale Williamson.
Arthur graduated from Wataga High School in 1947. He earned his B.S. in Management and Marketing from the University of Illinois in 1951 and his M.B.A. from Western Illinois University in 1973. Arthur was a Regional Credit Sales Manager for Gamble Skogmo Inc. for 16 years, Mid Management Coordinator at Carl Sandburg College for nine years, and retired in 1989 from Carl Sandburg College as Assistant Dean of Instruction/Director of VoTech Education after 11 years.
Arthur was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he served as teacher, superintendent, council member, and chairman of several committees, including the Building Remodeling Committee. He was a member and board officer for several organizations, including Knox County March of Dimes, Knox County Home Extension, Galesburg Chamber of Commerce, Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and Illinois Community College Association. Arthur was a proud member of the Kiwanis Club since 1970, where he served as secretary, president, and lieutenant governor.
He served in the United States Army for two years.
Visitation will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Rev. Dr. Tom Larsen will officiate. Burial will be in East Linwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Galesburg Kiwanis Club. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.