Weerts Funeral Home

3625 Jersey Ridge Rd, Davenport, IA


Buel A Williamson Jr.

October 20, 1926July 1, 2020

Buel A. Williamson, Jr., 93, of Davenport, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at the Iowa Masonic Health Facilities. Due to COVID-19, private services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Inurnment will be at the columbarium at the Cathedral following services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral or the Catfish Jazz Scholarship Fund.

Buel was born to Buel A and Hazel G (Hart) Williamson in Seattle, Washington, on October 20, 1926. He attended various schools at the family moved around the country. Buel graduated from Ottumwa, Iowa High School in 1944. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theatre with the US Army. He graduated from Iowa State College in 1950 with a degree in General Engineering. Buel was united in marriage to Mary Ruth Dickman in Ames, Iowa on April 21, 1951; they have a daughter Carol.

His business career began as a time study engineer with the Dexter Company in Fairfiled, IA and took him through various assignment with Philco Corporation LTV, and J.I. Case; where he was Manager Manufacturing Engineering at the Bettendorf, Iowa Plant. He retired as Plant Manager of the American Air Filter Plant in Moline, Illinois in 1985; where he had the responsibility of closing the plant. He became Director of Manufacturing for Hawkeye Steel Products in Houghton, Iowa until his retirement in 1989. Buel enjoyed many actives and memberships with the Rotary Club of Davenport, Hatchmen’s Chowder and Protective Association, Davenport and Rock Island Golf Clubs, the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Iowa Beta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and a lifetime member of the VFW Post 2271 in Fairfield, Iowa. He was the founding president of the Catfish Jazz Society and a charter member of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society. Buel enjoyed playing golf, bowling, bridge, cribbage, listening to Jazz, and had an extensive jazz collection.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mary; their daughter Carol; nephews David (Valerie) and Steven (Sandy) and a niece Sarah. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Hart. A special thank you to the Iowa Masonic Health Facilities for their loving care of Buel over the last four years and to many thoughtful and caring neighbors during these difficult times.


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Jim Valentine

July 8, 2020

Buel was a regular at Hunter's in Rock Island on Friday nights. He and Mary would come down to here the Riverboater's Jazz Band that played every Friday night for 22 years there. He liked many kinds of music but Dixieland Jazz was his favorite. Dick Watson and I were honored to play for Buel's 90th birthday surprise party just 3 years ago. I'll never forget his favorite song Rosetta, he requested it every time he would see the band at Hunter's and we played it on his 90th birthday. He was a fun guy to talk with and we all will miss him. RIP Buel

Robert Burchett

July 6, 2020

I remember Buel from two places. First from Trinity and second from the Davenport Country Club. In one of the golf events, they called it a Calcutta. We were in teams of four and the prizes were big. To settle our nerves one of the guys offered each of us a stick of Wrigleys Spearment gum. We would then chew like the best of the baseball players. Buel got a big kick out of this.

To you, Mary, may we join your many friends in wishing you the best in your future endeavors.

Bob and Mary Burchett

Kelli Waugh

July 6, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Buel Will be greatly missed by all of us at Iowa Masonic Health Facilitates. He was such a great guy.

judy McKinley

July 6, 2020

It was so great sitting with you at the special Catfish celebration last Aug. He seemed to enjoy himself so much as did I . Such a long history for all of us.

Misty Overfield

July 5, 2020

I am so heartbroken I did not get a chance to hug Buel one more time your smile will forever be in my memory we had a pretty cool relationship. Mary and Buel became my family I love them both so much.
I miss all my friends from Iowa Masonic

Bud Johnson

July 5, 2020

Mary and Family

I was shocked when I saw Buel"s obituary in this mornings paper. I'm so sorry for your loss. I feel that I lost a good friend even if he did graduate from Iowa State.

I have come to consider the residents at Iowa Masonic as a second family and when there is a passing I am saddened at the loss. I'll call you in a week or so after things have settled down for you. In the meantime I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

Mary, may the grace from God give you peace and the love from family and friends give you comfort. God Bless!


P.S. Sue seems to be holding her own in Hospice care ao far.

Ed Jones

July 5, 2020

I was saddened to read of the passing of Brother Williamson, and my thoughts & prayers go out to his family, friends & chapter brothers. While I never had the honor of meeting Buel, I pledge that the SigEp Patriots Project will always remember him, his life & his patriotic service. Rest easy Brother.

Respectfully & Fraternally,
Ed Jones
Chief Petty Officer, USN (Ret)

Jim Stewart

July 5, 2020

Even though our friendship was not long in duration, it was strong on spirit, and gave us great happiness. GOD bless all of your family in this difficult time, but know Buel’s smiling soul is in a happier place.
Jim and Mary Lu Stewart - MV #305

David Williamson

July 4, 2020


You were certainly loved, uncle, and will be missed. I remember all of you coming to my wedding in VT and remember being so happy that you and family came given that my own father (Hart, your brother) passed away in April of that year. Also, I have a memory of my son Reid interviewing Buel about his WWII experience for an 8th grade paper.

I love you always Uncle "Beano"....your nephew David

Laura Hozak

July 4, 2020

Buel was a sweet and gentle soul who will be greatly missed by all of us at Catfish Jazz Society. Without him there never would have been this place for jazz lovers of the Quad Cities. I am ever so happy that we got to celebrate CJS 30th Anniversary with Buel last August. His smile radiated around the room. It was an honor to know both Buel and Mary and we send our love and HUGS to you and your family. Laura & Terry Hozak


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