Ralph T. Williamson, 84, of Lexington, passed away Sunday, December 27, 2020 at Villas of Hollybrook, Bloomington.\r\n\r\nHis funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 31, 2020 at St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington, with Rev. Carl LoPresti officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Merna. Visitation will be from 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, December 31, 2020 at the church. Masks are required and social distancing protocols will be followed. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.\r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.\r\n\r\nHe was born August 2, 1936 in Normal, a son of Edward Michael and Irene K. Killian Williamson. He married Sharon L. Graves on September 20, 1969 in Lexington and she preceded him in death on July 14, 2010.\r\n\r\nSurviving are a daughter, Julie Williamson; a sister, Mary "Trish" Watt; four sisters-in-law, Wanda Graves, Carol Laskowski, Debbie Graves and Doris Ann Graves; and many beloved nieces and nephews.\r\n\r\nHe was preceded in death by five siblings, Helen Foster, William Williamson, Mark Williamson, Patrick Williamson and Edward M. Williamson Jr.\r\n\r\nRalph served in the U.S. Army and was a railroad carman for 41 years, retiring from Metra in 1995. He was a member of the Lexington Jaycees, the Lexington American Legion and St. Mary's Catholic Church, Lexington. Ralph loved playing cards and enjoyed the occasional trip to the gambling boats in Peoria and Joliet as well as collecting old tractors and cars. An avid sports fan, he especially liked rooting on the Cubs and Bears. More than anything, Ralph loved to be social and always looked forward to dinner with Gordy and Diane Hodges and Roger "Peely" Payne every Wednesday night for over 30 years.\r\n\r\nThe Williamson family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Villas of Hollybrook for their wonderful care.