Rev. Bob Williamson, 56, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 16, 2012, at the Mueller Center Theater in Hot Springs with Pastors Jim Hessler, Bill Martin, Pete Morgan and Ed Williamson sharing. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m., March 16, 2012 at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.
Visitation will be from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 15, 2012, at McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in Bob's name at National Jewish Health Center in Denver, Colorado for research to find a cure for pulmonary fibrosis. Memorials may also go towards missions projects associated with Crossolutions International, the ministry Bob founded in 2007.
Bob was born in Dickinson, North Dakota on July 26, 1955, to Les and Fran Williamson. The family later moved near Rosemount where Bob attended grade school. In 1965, they moved to Clarkfield and Bob graduated from Clarkfield High School in 1974.
Bob served in the U.S. Army as a medic from August 1974 until he was honorably discharged August 1977. Bob attended Sioux Valley Hospital School of Nursing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, graduating in 1982 as a registered nurse. In 1984, he graduated with a BS from Sioux Falls College. Bob met Marcia (Marcy) Berg while both were working as RNs at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls and on October 26, 1985 they were married and continued to live in Sioux Falls until 1987, when Bob graduated from North American Baptist Seminary with an MA in biblical studies. Bob and Marcy moved to Centerville, Iowa in October 1987 and started a new church, Centerville Assembly of God until 1994, when they moved to Hot Springs, South Dakota, to pastor the Hot Springs Assembly of God church, later renamed Fountain of Life. Shortly after they arrived, Brianna was born.
In 2002, Bob earned a doctorate in practical ministry from Wagner Leadership Institute. Bob pastored Fountain of Life A/G until 2007, when Bob and Marcy were called to start a new fellowship in Hot Springs called Koinonia Center and to establish a global ministry, Crossolutions International (CSI).
In 2008, Bob went back into nursing as he continued in ministry, working at Star Academy and then the VA Domiciliary Clinic and he was currently serving as the school nurse for the Hot Springs schools. He was also a member of the Hot Springs Ambulance Service, working as an EMT, until the time of his death. To be more involved in Brianna’s world, he started substitute teaching in the Hot Springs school system in 2009. He was currently serving as vice president of the Fall River Republicans. He enjoyed singing and playing guitar, leading worship for many years as he pastored. Having been raised in Minnesota, he was a Twins and Vikings fan, but only wore his hats if they were winning.
Bob is survived by his wife, Marcy, and daughter, Brianna, both of Hot Springs and two brothers, Ed Williamson of Madison, MN and Vance (Val) Williamson of Scottsbluff, NE, as well as nieces and nephews.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs. Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.