Bill R. Smith


Bill R. Smith, age 69 of Keyesport, passed away at his home on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Mr. Smith was born in Belleville, Illinois on August 14, 1947, a son of Raymond and Zora (Gregory) Smith. He married Linda Erlinger on April 19, 1985, and she survives in Keyesport.

Bill is also survived by a son – Cory Smith and wife Katie of Mascoutah; 3 step-children – Aaron Lochmann and wife Wendy of Collinsville, Jennifer Simms and husband Dan of Maryville, and Lori Poletti and husband Nathan of Troy; 2 grandchildren – Lanie and Bode Smith; 4 step-grandchildren – Jared Lochmann, Reagan Simms, and Jennifer and Kristin Poletti. He is also survived by 2 brothers and 4 sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bill was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” during the Vietnam War. He worked for ABF Trucking, and later became a business agent for the Teamsters Local 916 in Springfield. Mr. Smith enjoyed boating and fishing and loved traveling with his wife.

A funeral service will be held at Zieren Funeral Home in Carlyle at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 11, 2017, with Rev. Bruce Sasse, officiating. Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 9:00 – 11:00 A.M.

Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mr. Smith may be made to his family and will be received at Zieren Funeral Home.

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