WILLIAM E. “BILL” SMITH
The funeral for William E. “Bill” Smith will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 9, at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Forman. Pastor Steve Swanholm will officiate and interment will be in Our Lady of Rosary Catholic Cemetery of Havana under the direction of the Price Funeral Chapel of Forman.
Visitation will be 5-7:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, November 8, at the church, concluding with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service.
Bill passed away suddenly at his rural Forman home on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at the age of 72.
William Edward Smith was born on July 5, 1945, in Britton to Lowell and Shirley (Parrow) Smith. He and his mother resided at Havana, ND, with Shirley’s mother and brother as Lowell was serving with the U.S. Marines.
Billy grew up on the farm, always helping Dad. His dad affectionately called him Herman.
Baseball was his passion, serving as bat boy for the Independent Havana team, often substituting when a player was needed. They played in the South Dakota Independent League, winning the League Championship in 1960.
Billy graduated from Havana High in 1963. He enlisted in the South Dakota National Guard in 1962 and left for basic training with the U.S. Army at Fort Ord, CA, following his high school graduation.
In January 1964, he went to work for Art Bonham as a cook at The Coffee Bar Café in Britton. He later worked as a parts man for Quality Chevrolet in Ellendale, ND, while attending Ellendale State Teachers College. He completed his college courses at Humboldt of Minneapolis and the University of Michigan. Bill was employed during college at Malco Tool, Bridgeman Creameries, and Clark Gas Stations.
He started his 27-year career in the food business with International Milling Company (Multifoods). While with Multifoods, he opened a Bird Seed plant in Forman. He retired in 1991 to further pursue farming and other business interests including auctioneering and a short stint as a partner in the KAB café in Forman.
Cattle and farming is where his heart was—he especially enjoyed the time he spent farming with his dad Lowell, son Scott, brother Brad, and nephew Drew, as well as assisting his uncles Frank and Wally during harvest season.
Bill was united in marriage to Judith Jerabek in 1968. They had four children: Kristen, Scott, Jacqueline, and David. Judie and Bill divorced in 1981.
Bill married Charlene Anderson on April 8, 1982. A son, LeeAllen, also became a part of the family. Together, they have a full house with three boys and two girls! Bill and Charlene worked hard on the farm—loving, caring for and proudly raising the kids and several dogs, many of them strays.
Sports were always his passion—officiating over 800 games in baseball, football, and basketball. He continued to league bowl until his passing. He also enjoyed playing cards of any kind, especially pinochle and Texas Hold’em.
Civic-minded, he was involved with the Jaycees, Lions Club, Forman Development, Forman Commercial Club, the American Legion, and the ND Bowling Association. Bill served on many County Boards including 12 years as a County Commissioner. He also served on the ND State Men’s Bowling Association board.
No matter where he went, Bill seemed to “never meet a stranger he didn’t know” always finding a connection with everyone he spoke to. If you were fortunate to have met Bill, it is quite likely you had a nickname. He was a humorous and compassionate man.
He enjoyed talking with his kids and grandkids – no matter how few and far between the conversations were. He was truly proud of all of them and their many accomplishments.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Charlene (Forman, ND); his five children, Kristen (Marc) Hackmann (Casselton, ND), Scott (Erasmia Iliaki) Smith (Okinawa, Japan), Jackie (Dan) Walby (Dickinson, ND), David (Kimberly) Smith (Misawa, Japan), and LeeAllen (Alecia Brady) Smith (Jud, ND); nine grandchildren, Anthony Smith and Cindi Smith (Wichita Falls, TX); Leonidas Smith (Okinawa, Japan); Logan (Megan) Hackmann and Carter Hackmann (Fargo, ND); Easton Walby and Alexa Walby (Dickinson, ND); Caleb Smith and Callie Smith (Jud, ND); five sisters, Mary Kay Wyckoff (Gregg) Harcus (Prior Lake, MN); Kathleen (Rich) Pfaff (Sioux Falls); Faye (Dwight) Boucher (Myrtle Beach, SC); Carol (Harris) Hoistad (Lake Poinsett, SD); Lola (David) Gentry (Lubbock, TX); one sister-in-law, Sally Smith (Havana, ND); and many nieces, nephews, and their families.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Anthony “Tony” Smith and Bradley Smith; three brothersin-law, Tom Wyckoff, Clayton Opp, and Allen Johnson; a niece, Jeannette Koslowski; and his parents-in-law, Lloyd and Elaine Johnson.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Anderson-Wertman Post #108 of the American Legion; c/o Allen Nelson; 13826 99th St. SW; Havana, ND 58043; or Sargent County Relay for Life, c/o Dale Amerman, 241 Maple Ave. E; Forman, ND 58032.
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