PIQUA - Bill R. "Reef" Smith Jr., 56, of Piqua, died at home early Tuesday morning, April 2, 2013.
Bill was the son of the late Bill Sr. and Wilma Smith.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Ronda Smith.
Surviving children include Shauna Smith of Piqua, Dan and Layla Smith of Covington, Phillip Smith of Springfield, Josh and Tami Long of Sidney, Eric Burke of Sidney, Matthew Siegel of Adrian, Mich., Andrew and Allissa Siegel of Piqua; grandchildren, James Jr., Peyton and Aiden Smith of Piqua, Bryce and Garrett Smith and Lorelei Nutter, all of Covington, Colbert and Rowan Long of Sidney, Simon Siegel of Piqua; siblings, Teresa Smith of Piqua, Cheryl Smith-Stapleton and Jerry Caplinger of Piqua, Jeff and Melissa Smith of Moraine, Neil and Cherice Smith of Piqua, Penny and Brian Roberts of Piqua, and Matthew Smith of Piqua; and numerous aunts, uncle, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, James Smith Sr.; and one brother, Timothy Smith.
Bill was a 1975 graduate of Piqua High School, where he was active in the Piqua football program. Bill retired from Fitzpatrick Steel Products after almost 30 years in the steel manufacturing business. He was an avid Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Reds, Ohio State Buckeyes and Piqua Indians fan.
Bill had been a coach for Piqua Pee Wee Football, Piqua Youth Baseball and Springfield Little League. As an accomplished musician, Bill was the lead guitarist for many bands including Dottie and the Country Four, Levi Country, LCB, Montanna, Superfusion, Reloaded, and the Smith Brothers Praise and Worship Band. His latest CD was recorded with his nephews Eric and Adam Bauman in a band called Superfusion. Other band members were Josh Vetter and George Tucker.
Bill had been active in Victory Baptist Church, Piqua.
Bill was a life donor to Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. Bill's hope was that his selfless donation would further fight against head and neck cancer.
A memorial service will be held at Bill's home church at Victory Baptist Church in Piqua at 6 p.m. Saturday, with Pastor Phillip DeLorme officiating. Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Published in Piqua Daily Call on Apr. 3, 2013