OBITUARY

Robert Arthur Williamson

September 3, 1946July 12, 2021
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Robert Arthur Williamson, known to friends and family as Bob, passed away in his home in Highland Haven, Texas on Monday July 12, 2021 at the age of 74. He is survived by his brother Larry, his wife Jackie, their sons David and Michael, his daughter-in-law Sarah, and three grandchildren Aubrey, Kathryn, and Riley.

Bob was born in Kewanee, Illinois on September 3, 1946 to Irene and James Williamson. He grew up on a farm just outside of Toulon, Illinois, and it was here that he discovered his lifelong passion for hunting and fishing, It was also in Toulon where Bob met Jackie, his high school sweetheart. They got married on March 2nd, 1968. Bob was a high school athlete, and was recognized as an honorable mention on the All State Football Team, Defense. After high school, he leveraged his passion as an avid outdoorsman into a career path by pursuing a BS degree in Biology with a specialization in Wildlife and Fisheries Management.

Partway through his college career, these vocation plans were put on pause when Bob was drafted into the Army to serve in the Vietnam War. Bob left the Army after serving in Vietnam with an honorable discharge and completed his college degree. He then began a 30 year career as a Fish and Wildlife biologist for the State of Illinois while raising two boys and continuing to enjoy his outdoor hobbies. After retiring from his state job, Bob had a successful second career, starting an aquatic plant management company and growing it into a sizable business.

When Bob sold this business several years later, his real retirement began. In 2012, he and Jackie moved to central Texas to be closer to their kids and grandkids and Bob began to fully enjoy his outdoor hobbies which by now had grown to include fishing, hunting, sporting clays, and perhaps his favorite…cowboy action shooting. Yes, this was the start of the infamous “WildCat Bob” which is the name by which he was known by great friends both in Texas and Illinois who shared his love of classic firearms and fast action shooting. Bob not only enjoyed these pastimes, he was also very good at them. He held multiple fishing records and won several shooting competitions as well.

Bob was a trained shooting coach who worked part time at his local shooting club. He did this for the joy of introducing new people to the hobbies he loved. In addition to his sporting hobbies, Bob was also very active in his local church, Highland Lakes United Methodist, where he served as the Treasurer. Bob thoroughly enjoyed the golden years of his life and his family and friends lives are all much richer having known him.

Bob’s visitation service will be held from 5-7pm on Tuesday July 20th, at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, 1805 US-281, Marble Falls, TX 78654.

Bob’s funeral service will be held at 10:30am on Wednesday July 21st at Highland Lakes United Methodist Church, 8303 Rand Rd 1431, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609. Pastor Roberta Goodman will be officiating and Grady Roe will deliver the eulogy.

Memorial donations in memory of Bob can be made to Highland Lakes United Methodist Church or to your local food pantry.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Dave Williamson
  • Mike Williamson
  • Larry Williamson
  • Jim Williamson
  • Rick Miller
  • Doug Miller

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 20, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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Paul Willms

July 21, 2021

Hi Jackie and Family,

I worked with Bob in the mid to late 1970's and what a great wildlife biologist he was to work with. We expanded a public lands wildlife project to Big River State Forest and Johnson Sauk Trail SP, which were both in his district. That has been roughly 45 years ago, but I know Bob was always a good friend and mentor. He invited me to help him on some additional projects and I spent a good deal of time with him working on wood duck production surveys and other projects he had going. I always appreciated his advice and serious conviction to wildlife management issues in Illinois. He was a great guy with a great family. We are very sorry for your loss. Paul Willms - Shobonier, Illinois

Martha Cook

July 20, 2021

Dear Jackie, what a privilege to call you and Bob our friends for over 50 years. I am deeply sorry for the pain you and your precious family are experiencing. We know where Bob is, heaven must be filled with the most beautiful lakes and streams. We claim God’s promise that He is always with us in all circumstances. You are dearly loved! Hugs attached!
Martha and Emil

Marian DeGiovanni

July 20, 2021

Such shocking news, but the love shines so brightly through the video. Such a blessing to so many as he shared his many gifts. We know he will be missed terribly. Praying that you all are surrounded by God's peace and light and resurrection promise.
With sympathy & love,
Marian & Tony DeGiovanni

John Soule

July 20, 2021

Reading what has been written confirms Bob was a wonderful man, a great cowboy and a good friend. I remember visiting and shooting with Wildcat Bob many times. He always wore a smile. I loved talking with Jackie when she would accompany him to cowboy action shooting matches, where she would often keep score for our posse. When I called her “Wildcat Tamer, she would quietly smile and Bob would briefly scowl before his infectious grin would return. I will miss him, as we all will.

John Soule
Long Juan

Jean Welch

July 19, 2021

Dear Jackie, I am so sorry to hear about Bob....he was a great guy and very kind. Sending hugs to you and your family

George Calhoun

July 19, 2021

I was deeply saddened and shocked, to say the least, when I received the news of Bob’s passing. Bob is a great friend and will be sorely missed.

I met Bob some years ago at a Cowboy Action monthly club shoot, As in many cases I only knew most of the folks by their shooting alias, his alias was Wildcat Bob. That started a friendship spanning many years. I loved doing range maintenance, cowboy shooting and long range shooting using Buffalo guns with Wildcat Bob. He was a great competitor but more importantly a fantastic friend. Once you got to know him he had quite the sense of humor too.

R.I.P. Wildcat Bob, we’ll see you down the trail one day.

Circuit Judge

Charley Marbut

July 19, 2021

Dear Jackie & Family,
Barbara & I send our condolences. So sorry for your loss. Bob will be missed by many. I will miss my twin. 💘

Dan Sallee

July 19, 2021

I joined the Illinois Department of Conservation in June of 1980 as a green, brash kid. Bob acted as a patient mentor, and helped me more than I can ever describe. We worked together on a variety of issues throughout our careers, and Bob was always a good friend and a great co-worker. My favorite memories are probably fishing and waterfowl hunting with Bob in and around Burnt Pocket, a favorite backwater of Bob's on the Mississippi River near Keithsburg, Illinois. My heart goes out to Jackie and the family. Bob was a good man. Illinois is a better place due to Bob's conservation efforts during his career.

Brandon Perry

July 18, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was such a gentleman, kind soul and always taught me something when I was with him. I would always take advantage of his depth of knowledge of fishing and all things outdoors! We would swap stories and ideas, all the while Jackie was so patient with us. I loved our conversations around that dining table. I will miss him tremendously as he was one in a million. I know our Lord was happy to welcome a true cowboy into heaven last week. I will miss him dearly.
Brandon

Charley Castleberry

July 18, 2021

Family & Friends
Thing I remember about Bob, is every time I saw him he greeted me with a smile, I think we can all say that! He made you feel comfortable in his presents, as we talked about our favorite sport of Cowboy Action Shooting! May God hold him strong in the Palm of his Hands, many blessing to his family.
Charley Castleberry
“Black Irish Charley”

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