OBITUARY

Ivan Elwood Williamson

June 20, 1927June 11, 2018
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Ivan (Tide) Elwood Williamson passed into the loving arms of our lord and savior in the early morning of June 11, 2018, after a brief illness. He was born in Leroy, Ill., on June 20, 1927, to Nolan Patrick and Susan Josephine Williamson. Ivan was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife of 60 years, Joyce (Strong) Williamson; an infant son, Gary Evan; a grandson, Samuel Robert Plant Jr.; two sisters, Doris Havice and Esther Hodgkins; and three brothers, Estol, Howard and Millard (Smitty) Williamson. He is survived by five daughters, Karen (Stephan) Carlson, Susie (Dallas) Slaven, Debbie (Ron) Richardson, Cindy (Michael) Strange, and Kathy (Barry) Miller; and 13 grandchildren, Amy Groce, Emily (David) Burnett, Mike Carlson, Kelli Plant, Rachel (Aaron) Jordan, Jason (Anjuli) Richardson, Jared (Laura) Richardson, Andrew (Ashley) Strange, Bryant Strange, Joshua Strange, Stephanie (John) Swann, and Michael (Amber) Miller. He was extremely proud of his 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and several special nieces and nephews. Upon graduation from Leroy High School, Ivan enlisted in the Navy. He served in World War II as a Seabee in the Pacific Theatre. After returning from serving our country, he worked for General Telephone Company for 42 years in installation and Repair. Ivan was commonly known as "The Telephone Man" He loved to go out to eat in hopes of catching up with an old friend, meeting a new friend or simply being with people in fellowship. Ivan also found enjoyment by "wetting a worm" (fishing), woodworking, gardening, spending time with family and friends, and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports. Ivan was an avid watcher of sports on TV, especially the St. Louis Cardinals, NASCAR and the Indianapolis 500. Additional interests included square dancing; he was a member of the Swinging Mates Square Dance Club from the 1960s through the 1970s. He was a former member of Maple Avenue United Methodist Church and a 40-year member of North Terre Haute Christian Church, where he served as deacon and elder. Services will be at Roselawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 5 until 8 p.m. with funeral services Friday, June 22, 2018, at 11 a.m.; additional visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. before services. Officiating will be the Rev. Steve Moore. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in honor of Ivan be made to The Wounded Warriors Project or The Alzheimer's Association. Military honors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 972.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 22, 2018
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Pamala Yates Wolf

June 21, 2018

Could not start to tell all the stories I have about Tide and Joyce. Too many to remember with the Swinging Mates Square Dance Club. Many fond memories. Condolences to his daughters, whom I know well, and their families.

Janie Whitesell

June 21, 2018

Memory..... How do you share a memory when Uncle Tide was a big part of our lives growing up. The hugs (strong but gentle), the smile, the comfort Uncle Tide gave many especially myself. I was blessed by the grace of God to be able to return back to Le Roy ten years ago after being away for thirty years. Was so happy to be reunited with this Williamson family again. Even with the years of not seeing them my love never stopped. Uncle Tide leaves a beautiful legacy in his children, grandchildren, great great grandchildren.... family. Because he had a love like no other and shared with everyone. Looking at these pictures brought tears but my heart is filled. Thank you God for sending this man into MY LIFE and into others. Uncle Tide is one of many that molded me into a loving caring person today. Uncle Tide...dance with Aunt Joyce...Hug mom...tell GE stories with dad....till we are together again. My love to all....

Thank you girls for all you do. Karen, Susie, Debbie, Cindy, Kathy - I love you.

Janie Whitesell

Rayetta Barnhart Clem

June 19, 2018

Ivan ALWAYS had a smile on his face! When we had a telephone installed, Ivan came out and while he was installing, he was whistling! I am so sorry for the loss of your very dear and sweet Father! I first met your Dad when I worked at Stableton's, then I waited on both of your parents at Page's. Such sweet, sweet people! My thoughts and prayers are with you girls and your families! Love and Hugs, Rayetta Barnhart Clem

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Biography

Ivan (Tide) Elwood Williamson passed into the loving arms of our lord and savior in the early morning of June 11, 2018, after a brief illness. He was born in Leroy, Ill., on June 20, 1927, to Nolan Patrick and Susan Josephine Williamson.
Ivan was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife of 60 years, Joyce (Strong) Williamson; an infant son, Gary Evan; a grandson, Samuel Robert Plant Jr.; two sisters, Doris Havice and Esther Hodgkins; and three brothers, Estol, Howard and Millard (Smitty) Williamson.
He is survived by five daughters, Karen (Stephan) Carlson, Susie (Dallas) Slaven, Debbie (Ron) Richardson, Cindy (Michael) Strange, and Kathy (Barry) Miller; and 13 grandchildren, Amy Groce, Emily (David) Burnett, Mike Carlson, Kelli Plant, Rachel (Aaron) Jordan, Jason (Anjuli) Richardson, Jared (Laura) Richardson, Andrew (Ashley) Strange, Bryant Strange, Joshua Strange, Stephanie (John) Swann, and Michael (Amber) Miller. He was extremely proud of his 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and several special nieces and nephews.
Upon graduation from Leroy High School, Ivan enlisted in the Navy. He served in World War II as a Seabee in the Pacific Theatre. After returning from serving our country, he worked for General Telephone Company for 42 years in installation and Repair. Ivan was commonly known as "The Telephone Man"
He loved to go out to eat in hopes of catching up with an old friend, meeting a new friend or simply being with people in fellowship. Ivan also found enjoyment by "wetting a worm" (fishing), woodworking, gardening, spending time with family and friends, and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports. Ivan was an avid watcher of sports on TV, especially the St. Louis Cardinals, NASCAR and the Indianapolis 500. Additional interests included square dancing; he was a member of the Swinging Mates Square Dance Club from the 1960s through the 1970s.
He was a former member of Maple Avenue United Methodist Church and a 40-year member of North Terre Haute Christian Church, where he served as deacon and elder.
Services will be at Roselawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 5 until 8 p.m. with funeral services Friday, June 22, 2018, at 11 a.m.; additional visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. before services. Officiating will be the Rev. Steve Moore. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in honor of Ivan be made to The Wounded Warriors Project or The Alzheimer's Association. Military honors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 972.