STERLING – William L. “Bill” Smith, 58, of Sterling, passed away Monday, May 26, 2014, surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with bladder cancer.
Bill was born on March 10, 1956, in Sterling, to Virgil and Sandra Susan (Thompson) Smith. He attended Rock Falls High School (Class of 1974), where he was in the marching band and held records for track and field for many years. Bill married Cindy Hanson on Dec. 27, 1974, in Rock Falls. He worked at Sterling Steel for the past 12 years as an inspector and previously at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 24 years in shipping.
Bill was known for being a hard worker, having an infectious laugh and smile and was always so kind-hearted. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He loved his grandchildren and always put his family first. Bill loved life; he truly enjoyed every day and lived it to the fullest.
Survivors include his wife, Cindy; his mother, Susie Smith of Normal; his daughter, Hilary (Jason) Ruyle of Bloomington and their children, Addison and Payton Smith; son, Shannon (Keshia) Smith of Sterling and their children, Isabelle, Avery and Owen Smith and Isaac Hull, and son, Michael (Sarah) Smith of Sterling and their children, Mikaley and Emma Smith; and one sister, Rae Ann Carden of Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his father.
The family will be celebrating Bill’s life with a gathering of friends and family from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, with a memorial service to immediately follow. The family asks that you wear your Cardinals attire or other favorite sports team to honor Bill’s love of sports. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.