Col. Robert Eugene Williams

Col. Robert Eugene Williams (Ret.), of Mandeville, Louisiana, died Friday, March 21, 2014 in Covington, Louisiana, at the age of 65. He is survived by his loving wife Mary (Wethern) Williams; In-Laws Clarence A. Wethern Jr., Gloria Gandolini Wethern; Brother-in-Law Clarence Wethern III and Halina Warren, Sister-in-Law Louise (Barry) Wethern Fletcher; Niece Anna (Van) Wethern Turner; Nephews Clarence Wethern IV and Christopher Michael Fletcher. Robert is also survived by man’s best friends– Bosun, Cupcake and Patty. The family would like to give a special thank you to Robert and Lisa Lauer. Robert loved to hunt, sail, was a licensed pilot, a preservationist and a true lover of things of the past, especially military history. Robert had a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Loyola University of New Orleans, a master of arts degree in urban studies and sociology from the University of New Orleans and a master of strategic studies degree from the U.S. Army War College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College. He attended specialized law enforcement courses with the Federal Bureau of Investigations Executive Leadership Course. Robert began his career in the Army in 1967 and served a combat tour in the Republic of Vietnam from 1968 to 1969, transferring to the Army Reserve after assignment. In 1979, he transitioned to the Army National Guard, being promoted to Lieutenant in 1982 as a Military Police Officer. He served in the historic Washington Artillery from 1983 to 2001, deploying in 2001 to the 377th Theater Army in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Colonel Williams received numerous awards from his distinguished service including the Bronze Star. Robert was with the New Orleans Police Department for 27 years, retiring with the rank of Police Captain. After retirement he transferred to the Reserve Division where he commanded the Reserve Mounted Division and Motorcycle Squad. Robert’s last position in service to his community was as a Operations Officer for the City of New Orleans’ Office of Homeland Security and Public Safety and the New Orleans Region Urban Area Security Initiative. He was responsible for the development and coordination of regional emergency preparedness and response to terrorist initiated incidents, to include WMD, and natural disasters in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes. After Hurricane Katrina, Colonel Williams was responsible for establishing liaison with federal, state and local emergency response agencies to develop and deploy rescue and recovery operations. A visitation for Colonel Robert Williams was held Thursday, March 27, 2014 followed by funeral services at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will be held in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or to Father Seelos. People are also encouraged to perform an act of kindness in Robert’s name. The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories and condolences online at

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