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Robert Noah Williams, 74, of California died Dec. 21, 2012, with his family at his side.

Born Feb. 22, 1938, in Johnson City, N.Y., he was the son of the late Noah Williams and Gertrude (Finch) Williams.

He entered the U.S. Navy in 1958 and proudly and honorably served until his retirement as a senior chief in 1986. During that 28-year span, on March 13, 1964, he married the love of his life, Annamaria (Radice) Williams, while stationed in Italy. He served on the USS Wright, USS Biddle (which did a tour of duty in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War), USS Howard W. Gilmore and USS Farragut. He and his family were stationed overseas in Iceland, Greece and two different tours in Italy. After retirement, he worked as a defense contractor for six years and then found a new calling that he loved home schooling children who were too sick to attend school.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Mark Henry Williams and his wife, Lynn, of Leonardtown and Camille Rosaria Williams of California; brother, Donald Williams of Johnson City; grandchildren, Hayden, Jennifer and Charles; and his great-grandchildren, Brennan and James. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Caro.

The family will receive friends today, Dec. 28, from 11 a.m. to noon at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Lexington Park, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon by Monsignor Mike Wilson. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown.