STERLING – A memorial benefit will take place June 28 to help defray medical costs for the family of a Sterling man who died May 26 from a brain tumor.
William “Bill” Smith, 58, was diagnosed in November 2012 with bladder cancer. He returned to work in June 2013 at Sterling Steel LLC, but the cancer later traveled to his brain and developed into a tumor. He died at home on Memorial Day.
Smith was taken to a hospital out of his insurance network, and his widow, Cindy Smith, has been left with 40 percent of the medical bills.
Sarah Smith, a daughter-in-law of Bill’s, said, “He has three kids and many grandchildren.”
The benefit will start at 1 p.m. at Johnny’s Bar and Grill, 707 Freeport Road. There is no cost to enter. Food will be sold. The band The Catfish Dogs will perform at 1 p.m.
A bags tournament will start at 2 p.m., costing $10 per person. Teams will consist of two people, and the tournament will be single-elimination. To register in advance, stop at Schuneman Insurance, 3200 E. Lynn Blvd. The payout will be $200 for first place and $100 for second place, based on a 32-team field.
A live auction will take place, with two full hogs and a signed Chicago Bulls pennant among the items. A silent auction will feature baskets and gift certificates.
Monetary donations may be made by stopping at any Sterling Federal Bank location and asking for the memorial fund for Bill Smith. Sites include 110 E. Fourth St. and 3200 E. Lynn Blvd., both in Sterling; 410 E. Lincolnway, Morrison; 821 First Ave., Rock Falls; 413 N. Galena Ave. and 402 S. Galena Ave., both in Dixon; 18 W. Main St., Mount Morris; and 221 N. Union St., Byron.
Donations also may be made in care of the Bill Smith Memorial and sent to 1315 Eighth Ave., Sterling, IL 61081. To donate items, call Linda Murray at 815-499-4623 or Smith at 815-213-1172.