Stanley Dale Williams, 15 August 1936 – 7 February 2017. Stanley was born in Gridley, Kansas in a small farming community. Growing up he worked on the farm with his family and developed a love of books and learning. He went off to college at Kansas University to study mathematics. It was there that Stanley met the love of his life, Bobbie (Roberta). They quickly fell in love in a whirlwind romance. Meeting in April they ran off and eloped in July of that same year. Their start was rough with no job and no place to live, but God and Stanley’s family and friends joined together to help these two on this wonderful journey they had started together. After college, Stanley and his new wife lived in Burlington Kansas where he started his pursuit of finding a job in the aerospace industry. He continued his education with a master’s degree from the University of Missouri in mathematics. Several jobs and a couple of kids later Stanley made his way into his other love – aerospace, where he landed a job with Lockheed in Huntsville, Alabama. From there he was off onto another adventure and moved to Texas to continue to work with Lockheed and NASA. Here he was given the opportunity to do amazing things in the breaking field of aerospace. Working with the best of the best, he quickly became an expert computer programmer and one of the leading authorities in thermodynamics. He did ground breaking work as a principle member of team which designed and built the heat shields on the shuttle. His work did not stop there. On weekends Stanley was found with his family working as a starter at local swim meets where his children competed. He was always a constant support behind all of his children’s endeavors. His loving support did not end there. When his wife Bobbie, decided to take up the sport of ironman triathlon, Stanley was once again at her side and supported her along the way. Eventually Stanley decided that sitting on the sidelines was not for him, and he too began to race and train for Ironman triathlons. After numerous races in many exciting locations, Stanley was diagnosed with dementia. Being the strong man that he always was, he did not let this deter him. Even though his mind and body eventually began to fail him he kept his same wonderful love of life. Everywhere Stanley went, he made friends and was well loved by everyone. Stanley is survived by his wife Bobbie and his three children, Celeste Lind (David), Stanley Dale Williams, Jr., and Heather Wilkinson (Dave), brother, Jack (Donna), seven grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Crowder Funeral Home – Webster, TX. Funeral Services will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Crowder Funeral Home – Webster, TX. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery, Webster, TX.