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The 'brains' and 'action' heavies who had meaty roles and lots of dialog ... and the players who were fathers, ranch owners, lawman, mayors, judges, lawyers, storekeepers, newspaper editors, wardens, etc.



Above and below - Roger Williams in the 1930s, with and without a moustache.

 

Above - 1920 Roger Grimes Williams passport photo with signature.


Roger Williams

Full name: Roger Grimes Williams

1898 - 1964


May 27, 2020: added info from Williams' death certificate. Scroll down to the bottom of this webpage and the death certificate is highlighted in THIS COLOR.
May 30, 2020: the Internet Movie Database bio on actor Roger Williams has been corrected. Find A Grave bio is still incorrect.


Roger Williams was a man of many careers, one of which was portraying heavies in a hundred plus B westerns, serials and a other features during the years 1933 - 1939. At Republic Pictures, he did westerns with the Three Mesquiteers, Roy Rogers, and Gene Autry. But his usual employers were Poverty Row production companies churning out sagebrushers starring Fred Scott, Tom Tyler, Jack Perrin, Kermit Maynard, Harry Carey, Bob Custer, Rex Bell, Rex Lease, Reb Russell, others.

Roger Grimes Williams was born in Denver, Colorado on February 8, 1898 to Charles H. Williams and Eva / Evangeline Lloyd. Circa 1910, the family had re-located to Los Angeles.

Fudging his birth date as February 8, 1893, he joined the Army during World War I, became a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery, and served from June 23, 1917 - January 8, 1919.

Before and after his brief time in Hollywood, Williams had many jobs. In the census and other records, he was a "Paper Maker", "General utility - Iron works", "Ox Welder", "Mechanic", "Designer - Ornamental Iron", "Stage Manager", and " Engineer" for Douglas Aircraft, McDonnell Aircraft and Northrop Aircraft.

Appears he also did four years of college, probably after his World War I military service.

Circa 1939 - 1940, Williams exited the movie business and began work in the airplane industry. In the 1940 census, he's with Douglas Aircraft in California and when he registered for the World War II draft in late 1942, he was in St. Louis, Missouri and employed by McDonnell Aircraft ... and he still had the "acting bug". California and St. Louis newspapers had more about Roger Williams at Douglas Aircraft and McDonnell Aircraft:

May 7, 1940 San Fernando, California Valley Times had a marriage announcement for his oldest child, daughter Juanita - excerpts: "... Miss Juanita Gertrude Williams, lovely daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Williams of 6157 Morella street, and Leonard Raymond Hunter ... on Saturday, May 4 (1940), at the home of the bride ..." ; "... bridegroom is associated with ... the Douglas Aircraft company, where the bride's father is a designer."

Articles in the August 7 and August 20, 1943 editions of the St. Louis Star - Times newspaper - excerpts: "The MAC Players, dramatics organization sponsored by ... McDonnell Aircraft Corp., will present a play, 'The Haunted Hour,' ... at the St. Louis University law school auditorium ..." ; "Production will be under the direction of Roger Williams, erstwhile professional actor, director and writer, now aeronautical engineer for the plane plant." ; "Roger Williams, who spent several years with Republic Pictures, as an actor, and who is now in the engineering department of McDonnell, will direct the production." (Links to the full articles is toward the bottom of this webpage.)

Circa late 1940s, Roger and family returned to California and he was employed as an engineer with Northrop Aircraft Corporation.

Roger was married three times. His first was to (purported) actress Vera Paloma Bennett in 1916 and that ended in a 1919 divorce. Marriage number two was in 1920 to Ruby Bell Noe in Utah and daughter Juanita was born in 1921. Ruby passed away from tuberculosis in December, 1922. Ellen was his third wife and they had two sons and a daughter: Dolores Evangeline was born in 1928; Roger Lincoln in 1930; and Arthur Francis in 1932.

In their later years, Roger and Ellen resided in Paramount, Los Angeles County, California. He passed on December 18, 1964 at St. Helens Hospital, Bellflower, California and cause of death was arteriosclerotic heart disease. Roger and Ellen are interred at Westminster Memorial Park, Westminster, Orange County, California.

Current biographies on Roger Williams are chock full of misinformation. He did not graduate from the Colorado School of Mines in Denver. And he was not the Roger Williams who died in 1939 at the Wildyrie Camp in the San Bernardino Mountains. That Roger Williams was born in 1889 in Dayton, Ohio, is interred in Dayton, and was an auditor for the Los Angeles Biltmore hotel.


Hollywood's "enhanced" biographies on Roger Williams ... and lots of misinformation and confusion.



(From the Kermit Maynard SONG OF THE TRAIL pressbook, courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is a bio on Williams from the pressbook to the Kermit Maynard SONG OF THE TRAIL (Ambassador-Conn, 1936). In that film, Williams was a member of the gang bossed by Wheeler Oakman. If the above is correct - and Williams had earned college degrees and was in Hollywood in 1915, then his birth year would be around 1890 or so.

Jack Tillmany e-mailed about an error in the above bio mention of the film THE WHITE FATHER and directed by Rupert Julian. There was a two-reeler titled A WHITE FEATHER VOLUNTEER (Universal, 1915) which was directed by Rupert Julian.

Note the mention of Williams having four children, his hobby was farming, and he loved to fish and hunt. At least his four children is correct - in the 1930 census Roger and wife Ellen have two daughters. And in the 1940 census, they have two daughters and two sons. Also correct is his service in the Field Artillery during World War I.



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is a 1934-35 trade paper bio on a Roger Williams who was born in Germany and attended the School of Mines in Denver. Conjecture is that this Roger Williams is a technical/production person - not our Roger Williams, B western actor. As to the biography similarities, that may be just confusion by the person who authored the above and mixed the bios and background of the two Roger Williams' together. Incorrect and inflated biographies were not uncommon.



(From the Sunset pressbook for HEROES OF THE ALAMO, courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is a blurb from the pressbook to HEROES OF THE ALAMO (1937). Originally released by Anthony J. Xydias as a Sunset Productions, Inc. film, Columbia Pictures purchased it in 1938 and sent it back out as one of their own. Williams' role was Alamo defender Jim Bowie, and the biographical info is the same as the above SONG OF THE TRAIL pressbook from a year earlier.

In those pressbook biographies above, there's mention of Williams attending and graduating from the Colorado School of Mines. In mid August, 2004, I connected with Janet Blair of their Alumni Association and we exchanged several e-mails on the elusive Mr. Williams. I asked Janet about a "Roger Williams" as well as any Williams that had a first or middle name/initial of "Roger" or "R". Result of her search: no Roger Williams. Excerpts/quotes from her e-mails follow:

  • "We do not find a record of Roger Williams in our database. We have everyone who ever graduated from the School of Mines in our database."
  • "I did go through all of the Williams in our database (179 of them) and I check all the middle initial "R" ones, and I'm sorry to say, no Roger."
  • "It is also possible that Mr. Williams attended the School of Mines but did not graduate. We only have information for those students who finished their degrees."

The last film work that Les Adams has for Williams is with Harry Webb's Metropolitan Pictures company in 1939. Les adds:

"Harry S. Webb made two Rin-Tin-Tin films films back-to-back in the San Bernardino Mountains in 1939 with virtually the same cast on both: FANGS OF THE WILD and LAW OF THE WOLF. Some sources think they are the same film, but they aren't. Dennis Moore and Luana Walters star in both, and the two casts are virtually identical, with a couple of exceptions. A main exception is Roger Williams, who is in LAW OF THE WOLF but not in FANGS OF THE WILD. My guess is that Roger Williams, the actor, may have died on location while working on these two films."



Didn't Roger Williams pass away at the Wildyrie Camp in the San Bernardino Mountains in 1939? Yes!
But the Roger Williams who died wasn't our actor Roger Williams.
Biographies on Roger Williams at the the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and Find A Grave websites were incorrect as both were based on a Roger Williams who passed away at Wildyrie Camp in 1939. That guy was born 1889 in Dayton, Ohio, was a World War I Army veteran, and a public accountant and hotel auditor for the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Definitely not actor Roger Williams:

Find A Grave was sent fix requests in March, 2020, December, 2020, and April 1, 2021. But their Williams biography is still incorrect: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/13282644/roger-williams

  As of May 30, 2020, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) was updated with a corrected biography on actor Roger Williams: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0931572/

Below are more details on the Roger Williams who passed away at Wildyrie Camp in 1939:

July 8, 1939 funeral notice in the Los Angeles Times archives:

"WILLIAMS. Suddenly at Wildyrie, Cal., Roger Williams, beloved husband of Mrs. Ethel Moore Williams of 214 North Oakhurst street, Beverly Hills. Funeral services today at 2:30 p.m. from the chapel of W. A. Brown, 1815 South Flower street."

From the Bridgeport, Mono County, California library, March, 2005:

The following appears on page 1 of the July 13, 1939 Bridgeport Chronicle Union, a weekly paper. Unfortunately we are unable to make a physical copy of the microfiche, but this is the verbatum text:

"Roger Williams died suddenly of a heart attack on the morning of July 6 at a summer cabin in the Twin Lakes Fall track at Mammoth at the age of fifty. Mr. and Mrs. Williams arrived from their home in Beverly Hills some two weeks before, planning to spend the summer at the cabin. Mr. Williams was apparently in good health during this time and retired the night before at the usual time. About 3 AM the following morning he was striken and died within a few minutes. Coroner Walter Evans was called and after an investigation, the body was taken to Bishop by undertaker Dewey Albright and from there shipped to his home in Beverly Hills."

There was no further mention of Mr. Williams in the July 20 paper. I hope this will be of some use to you.

Sincerely,
Bridgeport Library

Death certificate from Mono County, California: Roger Williams was nearly 50 years of age when he passed away on July 6, 1939 from Angina Pectoris at Wildyrie Camp, Mammoth Lakes, Mono County, California. He and wife Ethel Moore Williams lived at 214 North Oakhurst Drive, Beverly Hills, California. Roger's occupation was "Public Accountant - Hotel Auditor"; he was born July 13, 1889 in Dayton, Ohio; and his father was C. I. Williams and mother's maiden name was Boyer. (If anyone wants a copy of the death certificate for Accountant / auditor Roger Williams, send an e-mail to ye Old Corral webmeister.)

There were death notices in the July 7, 1939 issues of the Dayton, Ohio Daily News and Dayton, Ohio Herald newspapers. A few excerpts:

  • "... Roger Williams, former resident of Dayton, who died suddenly Thursday at his summer cabin in the mountains, located about 300 miles east of Los Angeles, Cal. He was an auditor for the Biltmore hotel in Los Angeles. Born in Dayton, he was formerly associated with the Ohmer Fare Register Co., leaving Dayton 15 years ago."
  • "He served overseas during the World War, being commissioned as a Captain in the United States army."
  • "He was the son of the late Charles Insco Williams, prominent Dayton architect."
  • "Surviving are his widow, Ethel ..."

Death notice clippings:
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/65477098/dayton-daily-news/
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/65460220/death-notice-for-roger-williams-los/

Was this Roger Williams, accountant / auditor, also our movie actor Roger Williams?

Nope! Two different guys.

In addition to the 1940 census, Ancestry.com had 1930s Los Angeles County voter registrations and L. A. County city directories and there's listings for both ACTOR Roger Williams (and wife Ellen) and ACCOUNTANT / AUDITOR Roger Williams (and wife Ethel):

ACTOR Roger Williams:
1933 Los Angeles City Directory: R. Williams (actor) is living at 208 S. Hill.
1936 and 1938 Los Angeles County voter registrations: Roger G. Williams (actor), and wife Ellen C. Williams (housewife) live at 5645 Gotham Street.
1940 Los Angeles County voter registration - Roger G. Williams (Engineer) and wife Ellen C. Williams (housewife) live at 6157 Morella Avenue, Los Angeles.
1940 census - Roger G. Williams, wife Ellen, and four children live at 6157 Morella, Los Angeles.

ACCOUNTANT / AUDITOR Roger Williams:
1931 Beverly Hills, California city directory - Roger Williams (public accountant) and wife Ethel M. Williams live at 214 North Oakhurst Drive.
1934 Los Angeles County voter registration - Roger Williams and wife Ethel M. Williams live at 214 North Oakhurst Drive.
1936 and 1938 Los Angeles County voter registrations - Roger Williams (accountant) and wife Ethel M. Williams (housewife) live at 214 North Oakhurst Drive.
1938 Beverly Hills, California city directory - Roger Williams (auditor) and wife Ethel Moore Williams live at 214 North Oakhurst Drive.
His 1939 death certificate (mentioned above) has Ethel Moore Williams as his wife, and they lived at 214 North Oakhurst Drive, Beverly Hills, California
1940 census - Ethel M. Williams is widowed and living at 214 North Oakhurst Drive, Beverly Hills, California.



Roger Grimes Williams (1898 - 1964)
This is our guy!

Above - screen capture of Williams from Reb Russell's CHEYENNE TORNADO (Kent, 1935).



(Image courtesy of Jack Tillmany)

Above - a production still of Roger Williams circa 1937. Blowup/crop of this image shown below.



Above - photo and signature of Roger Grimes Williams from his 1920 passport. That certainly looks like our B western and serial Roger Williams ... including the cleft on his chin and the high forehead.



In 2009, researcher Lila Ashear did some sleuthing and was able to locate census information as well as Williams' draft registration and a 1920 passport application (which includes the photo / signature shown above). Lila writes:

"The passport info lists his father as being Charles H. Williams living on West 38th Avenue in Los Angeles, California, but lists Roger's permanent residence as Denver, Colorado (odd). This document lists his birth date as 8 February 1898. He was intending to go through Nogales, Arizona into Mexico on October 1, 1920 and be back within 6 months."



If anyone would like copies of that passport registration / photo page, shoot the Old Corral webmeister an e-mail.

The passport has a tie-in with Roger Grimes Williams and Denver, Colorado. On the page with the photo is an applicant identification section. Swearing that he knew Roger Grimes Williams for 22 years and that Williams was a U. S. Citizen was William E. Lloyd who is listed as a grocer at 712 Pearl Street, Denver, Colorado. Also on the page is a Description of Applicant which notes that Williams was 5' 11" tall, has a cleft in his chin and a small scar on his left cheek.

Roger's World War II draft registration also mentions the scar on his left cheek.

The photo left is a blowup / crop from a production still. Can you spot that scar on his left cheek?



More on Roger Grimes Williams


(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above - 1936 trade publication ad for "Roger Williams, Featured Heavy".

Roger Williams movie stats by year. A very busy guy in the 1930s ... and then he exits the movie business.
Includes westerns, serials, shorts, and other films. I've used the RELEASE dates (not filming dates) from the Internet Movie Database so the results may be a little skewed. Total film count in this chart = 118.
Year 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
Features 3 3 32 28 22 11 5
Serials 0 2 2 4 3 2 1


The Family Search website (free), Ancestry.com (subscription), Social Security Death Index (SSDI), California Death Index, and other sources have info on Williams.

I've highlighted some common threads in the information below:
His parents, Charles H. Williams and Eva/Evangeline, are shown in this color.
Mother Eva/Evangeline's maiden name was Lloyd, and is shown in this color.
and Roger's birth date was February 8, 1898 - sometimes February 8, 1893 - and is shown in this color.

Another bit of trivia is the small scar on his left cheek - that's mentioned in his 1920 passport application as well as his World War II draft registration.

There is confusion over his third wife Ellen's name. In the info below, you'll find the August 3, 1928 Los Angeles birth certificate for daughter Dolores Evangeline Williams, and mother Ellen is "Ellen Catherine Swearingin". But Family Trees on Ancestry.com have her full / maiden name as "Ellen Christin Johnston". Additionally, the birth certificate mentions that the number of children born to this mother is two but number of children now living is one. That indicates that she and Roger had a child that was born and passed ... or Ellen was previously married and lost a child.

  • Ancestry had the Colorado County Marriage Records and State Index - Roger's parents, Charles H. Williams and Evangeline Lloyd, married on April 18, 1897.
  • 1900 census and census takers worksheet - 35 year old Charles H. Williams (born New York), his 24 year old wife Evangeline (born Pennsylvania), 2 year old son Roger G. (born Colorado) and new born son Charles Ed (born Colorado) live at 437 29th Street, Denver, Colorado. Father Charles H. Williams' occupation is "paper hanger": https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M31B-BGD
  • 1910 census and census takers worksheet - 42 year old Charles H. Williams (born New York; occupation "electrician"), his 30 year old wife Eva (born Pennsylvania), 12 year old son Rodger [sic] W. (born Colorado), 9 year old son Charles E. (born Colorado), and three additional sons and one daughter are living at 110 Hicks Street, Belvedere Township, Los Angeles County, California: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MV2L-WXQ
  • June 3, 1916 Los Angeles marriage license of 23 year old Roger Grimes Williams (born England; occupation "Motion Picture Actor") to 18 year old Vera Paloma Bennett (born Utah). His parents were Charles Williams (born England) and Evangeline Lloyd (born Pennsylvania). This is the first marriage for both: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-29949-29793-59?cc=1804002&wc=M9MJ-QJV:n1782320201
  • World War I draft registration dated June 5, 1917 - 24 year old Roger Grimes Williams was born February 8, 1893 in Denver, Colorado. He is single; is a "Paper Maker" with the South Board Paper Co, Vernon, California; lives at 129 So Griffin Ave, Los Angeles; and reports one year of prior military service as a Private - Field Artillery, Battery A, California Artillery: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-26178-37677-11?cc=1968530&wc=M9W1-Q2Q:1020872091
  • Veterans Administration Master Index for Second Lieutenant Roger Grimes Williams. He was born February 8, 1893 and served from June 23, 1917 - January 8, 1919. The index card lists FACOTS which is an abbreviation for Field Artillery Central Officers Training School: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WWVW-WY6Z
  • A September, 1919 issue of Variety had divorce news: "Los Angeles, Sept. 24 (1919). Lieut. Roger G. Williams has sued his wife, Vera Paloma Williams, known in pictures as Vera Bennett, for divorce. He says that his wife started flirting with other men immediately after they were married. They lived together only twenty-two days."
  • 1920 census and census takers worksheet (which was taken January 5, 1920) - renting at 403 Isabel Street, Los Angeles are 43 year old Evangeline Williams (born Pennsylvania), and she is the head of household (husband Charles H. Williams is not present). Other family members include 21 year old son Roger G. (born Colorado; divorced; occupation "General utility - Iron works"), and four sons, two daughters, and three boarders: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHQD-HTZ
  • Salt Lake City, Utah marriage index (not the marriage license) of the February 7, 1920 marriage of 21 year old Roger G. Williams and 18 year old Ruby B. Noe. Roger lives in Denver, Colorado; was born February 8, 1898 in Denver; and his parents were Charles H. Williams and Eva Lloyd: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F8GT-BRX
  • October 25, 1920 passport application and photo of Roger Grimes Williams. He was born February 8, 1898 in Denver, Colorado and his father was Charles H. Williams (born New York). Roger lives in Los Angeles and he's heading to Mexico for business and his occupation is "Ox Welder". Confirming Roger's application was William E. Lloyd, occupation "grocer", and he lives at 712 South Pearl Street, Denver, Colorado. Under applicant description - Roger is 5 feet, 11 inches tall; has a cleft in chin; and a small scar on his left cheek: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9XM-6WQ1?i=491&cc=2185145
  • 1920 census and census takers worksheet - 77 year old William E. Lloyd (born Pennsylvania), his wife Elizabeth and three children are living in Denver, Colorado. This confirms that he is the man who vouched for Roger Grimes Williams in his 1920 passport application. 77 year old William E. Lloyd (born Pennsylvania), his wife Elizabeth and three children live at 712 South Pearl Street, Denver, Colorado. Lloyd's occupation is "Storekeeper - Grocery Store". (Based on his age, I'm guessing William E. Lloyd is Evangeline/Eva Lloyd's father.): https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MX26-ML6
  • March 24, 1921 Los Angeles birth certificate for an un-named daughter born to 23 year old Roger Williams (born Denver, Colorado; occupation "Mechanic") and 21 year old Ruby B. Moe [sic] (born Tennessee; housewife). According to Williams family members, this is daughter Juanita: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WZ6G-M7N2
  • Ruby Bell (Noe) Williams passed away from tuberculosis on December 29, 1922. She and Roger lived at 1714 East 2nd Street, Los Angeles.
  • Ancestry had the 1928 Los Angeles County voter registration: Williams, Roger G, 4442 Prospect Av, actr (abbreviation for actor).
  • August 3, 1928 Los Angeles birth certificate for Dolores Evangeline Williams. Parents were 30 year old Roger Grimes Williams (born Colorado about 1898; occupation "Stage Manager") and 33 year old Ellen Catherine Swearingin (born Pennsylvania about 1895). They live at 4442 Prospect, Los Angeles: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QGL7-1NL7
    (Wife Ellen's maiden name of "Ellen Catherine Swearingin" adds confusion. Family Trees on Ancestry.com have her full name as "Ellen Christin Johnston" This birth certificate also notes that children born to this mother is two but number of children now living is one. Perhaps she and Roger had a child that was born and passed ... or Ellen was previously married and lost a child.)
  • 1930 census and census takers worksheet - renting in Los Angeles are 31 year old Roger Williams (born Colorado; occupation "Designer - Ornamental Iron"), his 33 year old wife Ellen (born Pennsylvania). 9 year old daughter Juanita (born California) and 1 year old daughter Delores [sic] (born California). Roger was a World War I veteran: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XCVM-WLF
  • Ancestry had the 1933 Los Angeles City Directory and R. Williams, occupation actor, is living at 208 S. Hill, Los Angeles.
  • Ancestry had the 1936 and 1938 Los Angeles County voter registrations - Roger G. Williams, occupation actor, and wife Ellen C. Williams live at 5645 Gotham Street, Los Angeles.
  • Ancestry had the 1940 Los Angeles County voter registration - Roger G. Williams (occupation Engineer) and wife Ellen C. Williams (housewife) live at 6157 Morella Avenue, Los Angeles.
  • 1940 census and census takers worksheet - owning their home at 6157 Morella, Los Angeles are 42 year old Roger G. Williams (born Colorado), 46 year old wife Ellen (born Pennsylvania), 19 year old daughter Waneta [sic] (born California), 11 year old daughter Delores [sic] (born California), 9 year old son Roger L. (born California), and 8 year old son Arthur F. (born California). Roger G. Williams reports he completed four years of college; occupation is "Engineer - Douglas Aircraft"; and in 1939, he worked 26 weeks and earned $1000.00: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K9H2-M6T
  • May 7, 1940 San Fernando Valley Times newspaper had an announcement of the May 4, 1940 wedding of Juanita Gertrude Williams and Leonard Raymond Hunter. Excerpt: "The bridegroom is associated with Douglas Aircraft Accessories of the Douglas Aircraft company, where the bride's father is a designer."
  • Ancestry.com had his World War II draft registration dated December 14, 1942 - 44 year old Roger Grimes Williams was born February 8, 1898 in Denver, Colorado. He was living in Clayton, Missouri and employer was McDonnell Aircraft Corp., St. Louis, Missouri. Contact is Mrs. Eva L. Haggard, 6612 1/2 Lillian Way, Hollywood, California (Eva L. Haggard is Roger's mother, and she married again after her husband Charles H. Williams passed away in 1933). Roger is 6 feet tall, weighs 210 pounds, has a bayonet scar on left shoulder and scar on left cheek.
  • DEATH CERTIFICATE: 66 year old Roger Grimes Williams was born February 8, 1898 in Colorado to Charles Williams (born New York) and Eva Lloyd (born Pennsylvania). He was a World War I veteran and last occupation was 16 years with Northrop Aircraft Corporation. He and wife Ellen Williams lived at 15139 South California Avenue, Paramount, Los Angeles County, California. Williams passed away December 18, 1964 at St. Helens Hospital, Bellflower, Los Angeles County, California and cause of death (handwritten and difficult to read) was arteriosclerotic heart disease. Death certificate informant was wife Ellen Williams. Funeral director was Paramount Mortuary and interment at Westminster Memorial Park, Westminster, California.
  • California Death Index for Roger G. Williams mirrors the death certificate - he was born February 8, 1898 in Colorado, mother's maiden name of Lloyd, and he passed away in the Los Angeles area on December 18, 1964: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VP4F-467
  • Social Security Death Index (SSDI) has a record for Roger Williams - he was born February 8, 1898, passed away in December, 1964, and his last residence was Paramount, Los Angeles County, California: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JGWX-968
  • California Death Index for Ellen C. Williams - she was born in 1893 in Pennsylvania, mother's maiden name was Jacobsen, and she passed away in the Los Angeles area on January 9, 1969: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPHC-ZZX
  • Find A Grave website has an image of the marker for Roger G. Williams (1898 - 1964) and wife Ellen C. Williams (1893 - 1969) who are interred at Westminster Memorial Park, Westminster, Orange County, California: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/59335002/roger-williams

Links to the articles in the August 7 and August 20, 1943 editions of the St. Louis Star - Times newspaper about Roger working for McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis:
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/46561765/the-st-louis-star-and-times/
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/46561814/the-st-louis-star-and-times/


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