William “Bill” Smith, 70, of Grand Junction, passed away on Feb. 9, at the V.A. Medical Center in Des Moines.
Bill’s wishes were to be cremated. A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 14 at Carson – Stapp Funeral Home in Ogden. Visitation will be Feb. 14 from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Glenwood Cemetery in Ogden with Military Graveside Rites conducted by the Boone Veteran’s Council.
William Joseph Smith was born on October 12, 1943, in Perry, born the son of Alvin Gilbert & Marion (Barth) Smith and raised by Alvin “Gib” and Lois (Keanan) Smith of Perry. He graduated with the Perry High School class of 1963. Following his education, Bill served his country in the United States Army during Vietnam.
On January 15, 1966, Bill was united in marriage to Beverly Jean Shute in St. Charles, Illinois. To this union five children were born: Allen, Diana, Julie, Billi and Gib. Bill and Beverly Jean later divorced, but remained best friends.
Bill was an over the road truck driver for over 30 years. He traveled many of miles in the U.S. and in 1999 he had to come off the road due to health issues, but continued to drive locally until 2006 and then retired.
Bill belonged to the Boone V.F.W. as well as the Boone Moose Lodge and the Elks Club. He was an avid sports fan and loved to read, with Louis L’amour being one of his favorite authors. Bill loved life, people and knew no strangers. He loved spending time with his family and watching his grand kids play sports.
Survivors include his four children: Allen Smith of Grand Junction, Diana Smith-Padron (Beningo) of Enid, Oklahoma, Julie Smith (Thomas Diggs) of Enid, Oklahoma and Billi Smith (Lawrence O’Neal) of Grand Junction; his ex-wife, Beverly Jean Smith of Enid, Oklahoma; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters: Sarah Neu (Jon) of Milford, Ohio, Eleanor Roberts (John) of Perry, and Dixie Nelson (Dennis) of Gravis Mills, Missouri; brother Rick Smith (Linda) of Gassville, Arkansas; sister-in-law Judy Smith of Denver, Co.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, William “Gib” Smith; two granddaughters: Cassidy Treft and Starr Kirk; and brother George Smith.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.
Carson-Stapp Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements, 515-275-2702, for online obituaries and condolences please visit: www.carsonstappfuneralhome.com