William E. Smith
1931 - 2020
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William E. Smith 1931—2020
William "Bill" Smith, born January 5th 1931 in Chattanooga, TN, to Grace and Edward Smith, and passed away in his home in Rockford, IL, on September 9th, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.. He was a remarkably musical, humble, jovial, and kind man who never said an unkind word about anyone and never met a stranger. He served in the Navy for 6 years during the Korean Conflict and as a Sergeant of the Rockford Police Department for 34 years. He attended the University of Louisville for Advanced Police Training. He was a Freemason, belonging to the Scottish Rite, and a Shriner. Bill wintered in Harlingen, TX where he spent most days playing the guitar in bluegrass jam sessions which he organized. There were as many as 300 people in attendance at these events.
He is survived by wife, Nora Smith, daughter Cindy (Alan) Kennedy, sons, Eric (Lori) Smith, Greg (Jill Kinsley) Smith, and Brian Smith, grandchildren Sandra Fenton, and Dan Smith, and many great-grandchildren.
He is predeceased by father, Edward Smith, mother, Grace Smith Lindstedt, adoptive father Walter Lindstedt, and son Michael Smith.
Funeral Service will be Monday September 14th, 2020, time 1:00 p.m. at Sundberg Funeral Home, 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford, IL. 61107. Friends may call on Monday from Noon until time of service at the Funeral Home.





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Published in Rockford Register Star from Sep. 11 to Sep. 13, 2020.
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September 13, 2020
Bill was our next door neighbor in Sunshine Park in Texas. He was a great kind neighbor. Condolences to Nora and family.
Don & Bonnie Mitchell
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September 12, 2020
Our Deepest Sympathy to Nora and family,Bill was one of the nicest persons I have ever met .Him and my deceased husband Roger were best friends for many years and the stories they would tell of things they did growing up would keep you in stitches,I'm sure with out a doubt they will met in Heaven .
Kathy Meyer
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