He was a Veteran of WWII serving in the Golden Acorn Division 3rd Army under General George Patton. Fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, he was awarded a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and French Knight of the Legion of Honor (Croix de Guerre). Bill was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 701, retired Postal employee, and a 14 year past President, and 17 years as Secretary Treasurer for the Postal Workers Union, and is now President Pro Tem.
Surviving are his daughters: Kathy (Leonard) Chiesa of Mason, and Nola (Don) Parkey of East Lansing; daughter-in-law, Shirley Smith of Longmont, Colorado; grandchildren: Melissa (Tim) Crandall of Mason, Jessica (Scott) Whitaker of Leslie, Heather (Brad) Mann of Dewitt, Jared Smith of Longmont, Colorado; and great-grandchildren: Kodi and Foster Crandall, Devin and Hayden Whitaker, Wesslee Smith, and Lyla Mann. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 62 years, Kathleen “Katie” Smith; a son, Jon Smith; 3 brothers, 1 sister; and a granddaughter Carly Parkey.
The funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel, with interment to follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bath. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday one hour prior to service. Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Palliative Care.