MINNEAPOLIS -- Steve Williams, 58, son of one of the founders of Bobby & Steve's Auto World, died on July 6. A processional convoy made up of more than 50 tow trucks from Twin City-area companies carried Williams’ from his gas station to the cemetery.
The company posted this tribute on social media:
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our founders, Steve Williams after bravely battling cancer for 11.5 years. Steve had an enormous impact on our company and each of our team members. Steve had the largest heart possible and truly cared for every member of the Bobby & Steve’s family as well as our beloved customers. He will be greatly missed by all, but his influence will continue. If anyone has a fond memory of Steve, please feel free to send us a message.”
Bobby Williams and Steve Anderson founded Bobby & Steve's Auto World in 1978. There are now eight locations, featuring car washes, gas stations, convenience stores, quick lubes, auto repair, towing, tires and more (a ninth location is slated to open soon).
Steve Williams, Bobby’s son, started working for the company when he was 12 years old as a towel boy. In 1982, he became an official partner with Bobby by running the Texaco station in downtown Minneapolis. He then became a partner in several of Bobby & Steve’s Auto World locations.
When asked why he chose the service-station business, Williams said, “It’s the ultimate in service to people. We are always open."
For the processional, the tow trucks lined up bumper to bumper for a trip from the downtown Minneapolis station to the memorial service in suburban Excelsior, reported the Associated Press. They rolled out just before 10 a.m. with lights flashing, escorted by Hennepin County deputies.
Williams is survived by his wife, Renee; son, Ryan (fiancee Kaley) Williams; daughters Dani (Luke) Bame and Mariah Williams; grandson, Mac Bame; mother and stepfather, Marilyn and Merlin Smith; father, Bobby Williams; and siblings, Robert (Lisa) Williams, Gigi (Brian) Manthey, Melissa (Brent) Peterson.
CSP sends condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.