V.R. Williams, DDS

Born: Thu., Jan. 10, 1929
Died: Thu., Jun. 11, 2020

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V. R. (Dick) Williams, DDS, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at his home.  He was born on January 10th, 1929 in Winchester, Indiana to V.R. Williams Sr. and Geneva Williams.

Dick attended Indiana University in Bloomington from 1947-1948, Earlham College in Richmond, 1949-1950, then from 1951-1955, attended Indiana University School of Dentistry getting a Bachelor of Science in Dentistry D.D.S.  In the late 1970’s he attended Harvard University School of Dentistry and studied in the Department of Implant Dentistry, just before retirement, he completed 40 dental implants and many are still in place in the oral cavity for the past 40 years.  He joined the US Navy his senior year of dental school in 1954, with the rank of Ensign and was promoted through rank of Lt. Commander and discharged July 7, 1957.  Dick was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Winchester where he taught Sunday school to Jr. and Sr. high kids from 1960-1971.  He was a former Deacon, Elder, and served as a trustee.  He also served as commissioner to Presbytery 1970-1971.  Dick was the Past Secretary and President of the Winchester Rotary Club, President of the Winchester Planning Commission 1964-1965, and board member of the Winchester Special Needs Children’s Association 1964-1968.  Dick was presented with the Boss of the Year Award from the Winchester Jaycees 1968-1969.  Dick was Board Member of the Winchester High School Business Club 1974-1976, he was elected Republican City Councilman 1964-1968, member of the Winchester Park Board 1961-1964 and Board Member of the United Fund 1961-1962.

 As a dentist, Dick was a member of the American Dental Association and Indiana State Dental Association.  He was also Past Vice President and President of East Central Dental Association, an Alternate Delegate and Delegate to the State Dental Association 1962-1965 and served as Alternate Delegate to Indiana State Dental Association. Dick served on the Indiana State Board of Dental Examiners from 1983-1984. He also served as Secretary of Schuler Occlusal Study Club.  He was made Fellow International College of Dentist 1970, Member Council on Dental Education ISDA since 1974, Sub Committee Chairman on Curriculum of that Council.  Dick was a member of the Indiana Association of Dentistry for Children, Past Board Member and Vice President of Academy of General Dentistry Indiana Chapter, Chairman of Post Graduate Study at Indiana Academy General Dentistry, Post Graduate Study at Ohio State University with Ohio Occlusal Study Group 1967-1976, and Member of Pankey Institute Alumnae Association, Post Graduate Study with Pankey Institute and appeared on Indiana State Dental Association Luncheon Program concerning occlusal problems and Pankey Institute 1974, 75, and 76.  He assisted Ohio Occlusal Seminar Group in 1973 and 1975, in presenting 3 day post graduate course at Indiana University, Post Graduate Seminar, and also presented a program in the Canary Island in Conjunction with the Academy of General Dentistry on Occlusion and Prevention.

Dick is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Marilyn Williams and his four children, twelve grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. Daughter, Susan Leland (Dr. Craig T.) and grandchildren, Angie Hayden (John), Megan Prichard (Ricky), Elizabeth Martin (Craig), Kevin Leland (Kristen). Son, Dr. Robert S. Williams (Mary Ann) and grandchildren, Andrew Williams, Dr. Rachael Garrett (Josh), Andrew Randell, Matthew Randell. Son, Dr. John R. Williams (Jani) and grandchildren, Maricarol Phipps (Michael), Marcia Frame (Dr. Tyler), Matt Williams (Ali), Maggie Williams (fiancé Michael). Daughter, Katie (Williams) Baker, and grandchildren, Scott Baker (Emily), Alec Baker.

Dick is preceded in death by his parents V.R. Williams Sr. and Geneva, Father and Mother-in-law Francis and Mary Simpson and granddaughter Annelise Mary Baker. 

There will be a private celebration of life for Dick. 

Memorials in Dick's memory to the Randolph County YMCA, 1521 E. Washington St., Winchester, IN 47394 or  First Presbyterian Church of Winchester, 201 E. Franklin St., Winchester, IN 47394

Walker Funeral Home in Winchester is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.walkerswinchester.com.



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Paul Brown
   Posted Sat June 13, 2020
We're so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. We'll pray for God's comfort for your family.
Paul and Linda (Byrum) Brown

Joanie (Stiverson) Smith
   Posted Sat June 13, 2020
Sending my sincere condolences to the family. I was honored to work for Dr Williams in the 70’s. He was a pioneer of new technology and incorporated many new practices! He was the coolest!

Tammy (Mosier) Sells
   Posted Sat June 13, 2020
My dearest condolences to all of you. Most of your family has felt like family to me during many of my young adult years. I loved, admired and will miss Dr. VR. He was a huge part of my life for many years!

Terri Bogue
   Posted Sat June 13, 2020
Thinking of you all with fondest thoughts. He was a great guy and wonderful boss. We shared a lot in our time working together. Just this winter we reminisced about those days. He taught me a lot. Will miss him...

Jim and Betty Stalcup
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
So sorry to hear about Dr Williams death. He was such an asset to our community. He will be missed deeply.

Debra Chalfant Butcher
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss.

Trudy ludwick
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
THINKING OF YOU ALL. Always enjoyed visiting with you when you came in for your "wicky weed salad". May the lord bless your family with peace and comfort.

Chuck and Margy Murray
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
Words do not come easy when one is referring to a friend as special as Dick Williams was. Our meeting at Great Lakes Naval Station was a special part of our life. We became the closest of friends with Dick and Marilyn as we served in the Navy for two years, the second year at 29 Palms California. We share wonderful memories and love having recollections of our time together. Our greatest sympathy Marilyn.
Chuck and Margy

Mark Leland
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
Our deepest sympathy, and thoughts and prayers to all!
Sharon and Mark

Pitt Stults Lumpkin
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. I enjoyed my time working for Dick and the family. Marilyn, I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family have many wonderful memories to hold dear I am certain. 🙏💔 🙏

Betty Bingham Barrett
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
Marilyn and family,
My heartfelt prayers are with you....

Jill (Casperson) Conover
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
I’m so sorry to hear this news. My love and prayers go out to all of you. You were all blessed to have such a special husband, father, and grandfather. Love to you all.

Becky and Steve Kelley
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
Marilyn, we were so sad to hear Dick Passed away. We always had so much fun with both of you at the beach. We loved his sense of humor, he was quick with a ornery comment or a comeback to one of ours! He was a loving, caring friend. We will be thinking of you and your family in the weeks to come and hope you can find comfort from the love of friends.❤️🍷 Heres to Dick😌

Fay Haines & Kim Haines
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
So sorry for your loss, he was an amazing person and a brilliant dentist, prayers and condolences to your family.

The Gunthorpe’s
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
Nothing is harder than saying good-bye to someone you love. May you find comfort in your memories

Joe, Mary and Michael Mahlie
   Posted Mon June 15, 2020
The Williams Family,

May the Good Lord comfort you during the loss of Dr. Williams. May your tears be turned into "tears of Joy" for the special gift he was to all you for so many years.

Blessings Beyond Measure
Joey, Mary, and Michael Mahlie, San Marcos Texas

Tom Byrum
   Posted Mon June 15, 2020
The entire Williams family and their friends are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Melissa Kelley
   Posted Mon June 15, 2020
My sincerest of condolences to Marilyn and the Williams family. I will miss seeing Dr. Williams' smiling face on Siesta Key Beach. My family and friends who have joined us in FL and had the privilege of meeting the Williams' family enjoyed every moment we shared. I will send a toast to you with a glass of wine at sunset and sing a song in your honor as we always did. You will be missed greatly!

Ceann Bales
   Posted Mon June 15, 2020
Marilyn, I will miss Dick's smile and his encouragement. He was an amazing man and role model. I learned so much from him. He exemplified the Rotary motto of service above self. I adored him! Praying for you and your family to feel God's peace.

Emily Reisdorf
   Posted Mon June 15, 2020
Sorry about losing Dick. You two had a great life together. Take time to heal and remember.

Sophia Wickersham
   Posted Tue June 16, 2020

I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of Dick, you both have meant so much to me as I was growing up and into adulthood. You have both taught me so much through your kindness and love. I am praying for you and your family during this time.


Harriett M (Engle) Johnson
   Posted Wed June 17, 2020
I was so sadden to read of this notice today. I worked for Dr. Williams for a few years in the late 60s. I enjoyed my job very much. He will be missed by many.
My sincere condolences to Marilyn and his children.

Harriett (Engle) Johnson
Houston, TX

Glenda Thomas
   Posted Thu June 18, 2020
Marilyn, So sorry to hear of Dick passing. Dr Dick was my first dentist as a child! Plus as adults knowing you personally as friends of Max & Lahna Helms, (my sister). Good memories!
May God bless you and your family.
Glenda Thomas

peggy phillips
   Posted Mon June 22, 2020
Dear Marilyn, Susie, Bobby, John, and Katie, I was so sorry to hear that Dick had passed away. What a loss. I have very fond memories of your family (our camp outs, parties at your house, and riding horses with Susie and oh Marilyn teaching me to dive and Dick filling all my cavities). Those were wonderful times and I am sad that some of our loved ones are gone. It was so great to see Marilyn and Dick at Jack's memorial. Thank-you You are all in my thoughts