Dr. Charles's Story
Charles Robert "Bob" Williams, of Traverse City, died peacefully at his home in Juno Beach, Florida, Feb. 18, 2018 with his wife, Linda, at his side. He was 91. Bob was born April 17, 1926 in Detroit.
He was a state champion swimmer in high school and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as soon as he was eligible. He was always mildly disappointed that World War II ended before he finished basic training. As he told his children, when the enemy heard he was coming they surrendered. He attended University of Michigan undergraduate school and Wayne State Medical School. He started a surgical residency in Detroit but switched to radiology and was trained in both diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.
On Feb. 20, 1954 he married Mary Anne (Peta) Foster, and they settled down in a small apartment and started a family and his medical practice. A rainy day while on vacation to Torch Lake resulted in a visit to Traverse City and Munson hospital and its small radiology department. He left with a job offer and he and Peta relocated to Traverse City in 1960. He and his partners incorporated the radiology practice that exists today and built a strong department now staffed by 20 radiologists. He saw and thoroughly enjoyed the rapid development and technology in his profession, retiring in 1988.
Bob and Peta took advantage of a sabbatical in 1972 and took their family on an epic adventure living in London, traveling through eastern and southern Africa and trekking in a camper van throughout Europe.
Bob and Peta were among the founding members of the Traverse City Unitarian Universalist Fellowship which initially met in the classrooms and auditoriums of Northwestern Michigan College. They donated the property where the current Congregation building is located and matched all donations for its construction.
They enjoyed retirement together until Peta's untimely death in a car accident in 1997.
Bob was lucky enough to find two loves of his life. He and longtime family friend, Linda Masser, were married in August 1999. They traveled extensively visiting the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, South Africa and Costa Rica, among others. They explored Southwest United States thoroughly gathering geology specimens wherever they went. He was an avid wildlife photographer and their home's walls are covered with his photographs.
Bob and Linda split their time between Traverse City, Lincoln and Juno Beach, Florida.
Bob is survived by his wife, Linda (Masser) Williams; and two children, C. Paul (Sheryl Hayward) Williams and Susan (Scott) Ueland. He had five grandchildren, Andy (Nisa Penland) Williams, Colin Williams and Cameron Williams, Taylor (Cesar) Favela and Erin Hayward. He had three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Peta; his parents, Chas and Dorothy Williams; and his sister, Carol (Gordon) Kivela.
No memorial service is planned at his request.
Memorial contributions may be sent to The Peta Williams Memorial Scholarship at the NMC Foundation, 1701 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI 49686.
Published on February 25, 2018