Robert “Bob” Wayne Williamson

Robert “Bob” Wayne Williamson, 84, of rural Dawson, Nebraska, was born on October 9, 1936, in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was the son of the late Berton and Erma (Ulmer) Williamson. Bob graduated from Dawson High School with the class of 1955 and received his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Northwest Missouri State in 1959. He would later earn his Masters in Administration from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. On August 22, 1965, Bob was united in marriage to Phyllis Hogrefe at St. John’s (Stone) Lutheran Church in rural Auburn, Nebraska. To this union, two daughters, Susan and Cindy, were born. Bob taught vocal music for over twenty-five years at Auburn, Dawson-Verdon and Humboldt High Schools. He also expressed his love of music by teaching vocal and piano lessons, directing cantata’s and church choirs. Bob took pride in seeing his students succeed in music, which showed through many superior ratings at contests. He also played and sang at weddings and funerals in the area for many years. In 1981, Bob took over the family farming operation and livestock. He also carried on the family Williamson Baldwin Piano and Organ business for years. 

Bob had a love for gardening, flower arranging and judging at county and state fairs for over 40 years. He was an avid Husker fan who had attended every home Nebraska Cornhusker football game for over 50 years. Bob was a very active member of his community where he served on many various boards, committees and organizations. He was a member of the Dawson United Methodist Church and later transferred his membership to the Humboldt Christian Church. Bob was a long-time member of the Masons, Lions Club and Auburn Garden Club. He served on the hospital board, school board, fair board, rural water district board, State Sorghum Board and the Heim Cemetery board.

Bob passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at Hillcrest Firethorn Care Facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, having reached the earthly age of eighty-four years, four months and one day. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Phyllis Williamson of rural Dawson, NE; daughters: Susan Latusek and husband John of Dike, IA; Cindy Callaway and husband Scott of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren: Amanda (Chris) Winters of Urbandale, IA; Ben Latusek of Ames, IA; Jacob Callaway of Waverly, NE; Josh Callaway of Lincoln, NE; Sophie Callaway of Lincoln, NE; a sister Shirley Haner and husband Dave of Beatrice, NE; and other relatives and friends. 

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 15, 2021, at the Christian Church in Humboldt, Nebraska, with Pastors Howard Blecha and Tom Osborne officiating. Masks and social distancing will be required for all in attendance. A livestream of services will be available on the Wherry Mortuary/Monument Facebook page for those not attending services.  

Visitation will be held from 1-8 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, 2021, at the Wherry Mortuary, 207 N. Nemaha Street in Humboldt, Nebraska.  

Interment will follow services at the Heim Cemetery in Dawson, Nebraska. A live radio broadcast will be available on FM station 88.7 for those at the cemetery that wish to stay in their vehicles.  

Memorials contributions may be given to the family’s choice with a later designation.

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Services entrusted to Wherry Mortuary-207 N. Nemaha ST.-Humboldt, Nebraska 68376 (402) 862-2915

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