|William Richard Smith|
March 24, 1921 - Nov. 17, 2013
Bill was born in Fairview, MI, on March 24, 1921, the son of William and Helen Smith.
On Dec. 31, 1942, Bill married Lillian Holmes. Bill and Lillian lived in Chicago prior to moving to Wautoma. After Lillian’s death, Sept. 8, 1995, Bill moved back to Mio, MI. For the past six years Bill has resided in Fort Atkinson.
Bill was known for his singing rendition of “Old Man River.” He spoke often of the time he spent in service to our country on Navy ships during WWII and the time he spent at a typesetter for his sister’s newspaper in Michigan.
Surviving are his children: Barbara Hummel (Hank), Muskego; Melvin Smith (Regina), Downers Grove, IL; Patricia Bieda, Plainfield, IL; Robert Smith, Chicago, IL; Michael Smith (Kassy), Fort Atkinson; and grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife: Lillian; his sisters: Marie and Lillian; and his two sons: Ronald and William.
Visitation will be at Nitardy Funeral Home, 1008 Madison Ave., Fort Atkinson, on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 4 – 6 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m. with luncheon to follow. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Wautoma.
The Nitardy Funeral Home will be assisting the family with arrangements, www.nitardyfuneralhome.com.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Sienna Crest staff for guiding him through the last 3 years and Rainbow Hospice staff for making him comfortable at the end of his life.