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home : obituaries : obituaries Saturday, December 16, 2017

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William 'Bill' R. Smith
William "Bill" R. Smith, 67, passed away Nov. 20, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Clinton, from pancreatic cancer.

Bill was born Jan. 9, 1950, to Howard and Colleen Smith. He graduated from Lost Nation High School in 1968. Bill was employed by the Iowa DOT for three years and retired from the Clinton County Secondary Road Department in 2015 after almost 44 years.

Bill met the love of his life on New Year's Eve 1979, and after a whirlwind courtship, married Marsha Oehrlein Weinkauf on May 11, 1979.

Bill will be missed by his wife of 38 years, Marsha; a son, Craig; a grandson, Jared Reese; a son-in-law, Jeff Reese; and siblings, Vicki (David) Maley of Marion; Kenneth (Alissa) Smith of Maquoketa; Denise Owens of Tiffin; Dan (Lisa) Smith of Andrew; and John Smith of Reddington Shores, Florida; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews who loved him dearly.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gib and Virginia Oehrlein; a daughter, Kathryn Baumann-Reese; and a brother, Dennis, in infancy.

A celebration of life service and luncheon will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, noon to 4 p.m. at the American Legion, 704 Ninth St., DeWitt.


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