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William George Smith, Jr.

December 10, 1952 ~ January 13, 2024 (age 71) 71 Years Old

William Smith, Jr. Obituary


William “Bill” George Smith, Jr., age 72, of Escanaba passed away Saturday, January 13, 2024 at his home in Escanaba. He was born December 10, 1952 in Escanaba, MI and was the son of William George and Elizabeth Jean (Bengston) Smith, Sr. Bill graduated from Escanaba High School and then served in the U.S. Army from March 5, 1972 until he was honorably discharged on March 5, 1974. While serving in Vietnam, he received the National Defense Service Medal, a Sharpshooter Badge, a Vietnam Service Medal, and a Vietnam Campaign Medal. Bill was employed at Clare Bedding Company in Escanaba until his retirement in 2013. He was a very quiet and artistic person, but he had a great passion for stock car racing and enjoyed attending the local stock car races.

Bill is survived by his sisters; Debbie Koster (Dan Kolich) of Escanaba and Sandi (Jim) Bouty of Escanaba; brother Jim Smith of San Francisco, CA. Beloved nieces and nephews; Cindy (Chad) Beall of Colorado, Deanna Caswell of Escanaba, Jeremy (Cara) Koster of Wetmore, Shannon (Matt) Scheuren of Escanaba and John Koster of Escanaba.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers; Rickie Smith, Jerry Depostie and Joseph Depostie and sister Lori Schlau.

Committal services for William Smith will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at Lakeview Cemetery with Pastor Art Kievit officiating. Military Rites will be conducted by, the Delta County Veteran’s Council following the committal service. Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery.

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May 14, 2024

10:00 AM
Lakeview Cemetery
2110 3rd Ave. S.
Escanaba, MI 49829
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