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William Bryan Smith

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 A.M. Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning Celebrant. A private burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be 5:30 – 7:30 PM Monday, December 3, 2018 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with a prayer service at 5:30 PM at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Special Olympics.


Bill was born November 3, 1924 in Clinton, IL the son of William Frances and Vira (Bryan) Smith. He married Mary Anne Maurer June 22, 1946. She passed away January 5, 1968. He later married Elaine C. Bart September 21, 1968 in Clinton, IL.


Survivors include his wife, Elaine C. Smith, Clinton, IL; children; William Scott (Lisa) Smith, Richmond, VA; Thomas Patrick (Debra Jean) Smith, Scottsdale, AZ; James Michael (Vicky) Smith, Midlothian, VA; Laurie Ann (William) Campbell, Glasgow, Scotland.

14 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; siblings, Stephen (Jackie) Smith, Clinton, IL; Marilyn Bielenberg, Peoria, IL, along with many nieces and nephews


Bill was preceded in death by his Parents and 1 Son; Joseph Kerry “Jody” Smith.


Bill served his country during WW II as a Radio Operator in a C46 cargo plane. He served in the India/Burma theater on the first combat cargo group of the Army Air Corp. He flew “The Hump” during two years of service there. Bill was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters. He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and a trustee of the church for many years. He practiced law in Clinton for 46 years. He was a past Director serving on the Dr. John Warner Hospital Board and the John Warner Bank Board. He enjoyed gardening, bird watching, high alpine hiking, camping, skiing and the Gourmet Club. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.

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