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William Smith, 67, Des Moines, Iowa

1949-2017

Published: June 10, 2017 5:00 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa -- William Lee Smith, better known as Bill, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa. Per his wishes cremation rites have been accorded and private inurnment will be in Millersburg.

Bill was born Aug. 22, 1949, in Millersburg to William and Evelyn (Musser) Smith, and married Sylvia Lujan on Jan. 6, 1973, in Bremerton, Wash.

William Smith, 67, Des Moines, Iowa

Bill served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, retiring in 1988. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, the outdoors and reading. For entertainment, Bill liked going to Prairie Meadows for dinner and playing slots with Sylvia.

He always had a special place in his heart for his dogs, especially Penny who gave him so much comfort and companionship for the last few years. Bill will be remembered for his love of his country and his family. His greatest honor was becoming a father and grandfather. His family will always cherish his playful sense of humor and his pranks.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Sylvia; daughter, Julie (Michael) Smith Cowan of Mesa, Ariz.; a grandson, Erik Cowan; and his sister, B.J. (Wade) Miller of Millersburg.

Contributions may be made to the ASPCA/American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; or American Cancer Society. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.


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