Robert Joseph Watkins
Robert Joseph "Bob" "RJ" Watkins, 82, of Louisville, died Nov. 20, 2019, at Baptist Hospital East following a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.
He was born on Nov. 8, 1937, in Anderson, Indiana. He achieved a Masters in Arts in Mathematics from Ball State University followed by additional Graduate Studies at both Purdue and NYU.He served nearly six years active duty for the U.S. Air Force as weather forecaster, staff weather officer and commander of weather flight in various locations including Cape Canaveral. This was followed by 17 years in the National Guard.
R.J. was Internal Consultant/Senior Applied Statistician/Operations Research Specialist and Senior Applied Mathematician for General Electric Appliances, Louisville, Kentucky, specializing in computer simulations. He was Quality Assurance Staff Engineer for Motorola ASIC Division in Phoenix, Arizona, where he achieved Master Black Belt status in Quality. He was also Subcontractor/Six Sigma Master Agent for Bombardier [FlexJet] in Dallas, Texas.
RJ had vast teaching experience including graduate classes in operations research and statistics in the MBA Program for Bellarmine College, engineering statistics and operations research for GE and was Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville.
R.J. was affiliated with the American Society for Quality Control, Institute for Industrial Engineers and ociety for Computer Simulation International. His military affiliations included the Reserve Officers Association [ROA] and the Louisville Chapter of the MOWW. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He was past member of Rock Steady Boxing Group at Full Moon Martial Arts in Clarksville, Indiana. R.J.'s passion was chess. He had great opportunities to play chess in Louisville and always had time in his busy schedule to be a Chess Coach.
Beloved by all, he is survived by his wife of 33 years, Marilyn J. Werner-Watkins; a son, Gregory J. Watkins (wife, Kimberly); two daughters, Elizabeth (Lysa) A. Mattingly Kraft (husband, Paul) and Deborah J. Watkins; four grandchildren, John Mattingly III (Trey), Vincent Maurice Watkins, Heather Rose Watkins and Amelia (Amie) Mae Watkins; sister-in-law, Diane Werner Klingbeil (husband, Bob); two brothers-in law, Robert Werner and Dennis Werner (wife, Susan); and numerous wonderful, loving cousins!!
He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis Watkins and Amelia Watkins; and his most beloved cat, Max.
Visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, from noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Arch L. Heady and Son-Cralle Funeral Home and Cremation Services,, 2428 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, Kentucky.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, at noon at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 508 Breckinridge Lane, St. Matthews, Kentucky.
Burial with full military honors will be on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Maplewood Cemetery, 200 College Drive, Anderson, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy are suggested to The Franciscan Kitchen, 748 S. Preston St., Louisville, KY 40203-2360.
Friends and family may sign his online guestbook at
Published on November 22, 2019


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