Bill Smithers

Born: Fri., May 28, 1926
Died: Sun., Apr. 2, 2017


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Apr. 06, 2017
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Fri., Apr. 07, 2017
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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Charles William "Bill" Smithers, 90 of rural Pittsfield passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017 at his residence.  Bill was born on May 28, 1926 in Milton, a son of the late Jess and Thelma Wilkins Smithers.  He married Vernice Katherine "Kate" Roberts on January 31, 1947; she preceded him in death on August 1, 2013.

Bill was a veteran of WWII serving in the United States Army in the Philippines in 1945-1947.  Bill's military occupation was serving with the 32nd Antiaircraft Brigade on Leyte and Luzon, Philippine Islands.  He drove military vehicles ranging up to and including 2 1/2 ton trucks hauling supplies, equipment and mail for the Brigade.  He also maintained vehicles and made road repairs.  He received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal, Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Independence ribbon and World War II Victory Medal.

Bill was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  He farmed for most of his life in Martinsburg Township.  He served as Commander for the Pittsfield American Legion Post, was a lifelong member of the Tri-County Shorthorn Association, served as a 4-H leader for many years, was active in the Pittsfield Saddle Club and a member of the First Christian Church in Pittsfield.

Bill loved trail riding and making trips in his covered wagon along with his beloved wife, Kate.  He also enjoyed showing their Shorthorn cattle at numerous county and state fairs and in later years watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren exhibit their cattle at the fairs.  He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren play in their various sport activities.

Surviving are two sons, Greg (Pam) Smithers and Chuck (Tammy) Smithers both of Pittsfield; two daughters, Debbie (Mike) Bruner of Springfield and Cindy (Mark) Allen of Pittsfield; grandchildren, Clint (Heather) Allen of Taylor, MO; Travis Smithers, Mike (Teija) Smithers, and Jason Smithers all of Pittsfield; Jess (Tracy) Smithers of Blue Mound, IL; Jake (Tracey) Allen of Pittsfield; Jerod (Janelle) Bruner of Chatham; Geela (Brian) Ruckman of Edwardsville; Josie Smithers of Pittsfield; and Wyatt (Katie) Smithers of New Canton.  Twenty-two great children survive, in addition to a sister, Joan Smithers Renoud of Jacksonville, a sister-in-law, Gertrude Hobbs of Pittsfield and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife, Kate and a grandson, Josh Bruner.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Michael TenEyck officiating.  Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Niebur Funeral Home.  Interment will be in the Highland Farms Smithers/Waggoner Cemetery on farmland owned by the Smithers family. Military honors will be accorded by the Pittsfield American Legion Post #152 military honor guard.

Memorials are suggested to be made to the Highland Farms Smithers/Waggoner Cemetery or donor's choice.  Condolences may be sent to the family at  The Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield has been entrusted with the service.

Charitable donations may be made in Bill's memory to the following organization:

Highland Cemetery
c/o Cindy Allen, 21466 365th St., Pittsfield, Illinois 62363

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Nita Rees
   Posted Mon April 03, 2017
Please accept Willie's and my condolences Cindy and Debbie on the loss of your dad. Didn't know him personally but his obituary describes him as a hero and great farmer and father! So sad to lose our fathers and know you are hurting.

Roger and Ann Mitchell
   Posted Mon April 03, 2017
I am very sorry to hear about your loss. Mr. Smithers was a wonderful man.

Judy and Dennis Douglas
   Posted Tue April 04, 2017
Smithers family,
So sorry to hear about your loss. He will be miss by so many people. Our boys and us have a lot of wonderful memories from riding and camping with Bill and Kate. Prayers your way

   Posted Tue April 04, 2017
Greg, Debbie, Cindy & Chuck.
My deepest sympathy for your Dad's passing. He and Kate were some of my parents closest friends and the best neighbors you could ask for. Anytime there was a need in our family Kate was there with a meal or Bill was there to help with the farm work, usually both.
I think he was the last of the old supper club. The end of an era. I was blessed to know him.

Mike Welbourne
   Posted Thu April 06, 2017
To the Smithers family,
Very sorry to hear of your loss. Your father's and my path did not cross very often but when it did it was always memorable. His genuine concern of his family and friends was always evident in our conversations. He will be missed but he will never be forgotten.

Brad and Carol Ann Starnes
   Posted Thu April 06, 2017
So sorry to hear about Greg's dad, sending prayers and thoughts.

Bonnie Casteel-Long
   Posted Thu April 06, 2017
Cindy, Teija, and all your families,
My condolences in the passing of Mr. Bill. I learned so much more of him through his obituary. A very accomplished man. I remember when I worked at Red Dome he and Kate would host the Shorthorn Assoc folks. He and Kate were very nice, good folks.
I hope you have many warm and pleasant memories to console and sustain you. He will be remembered and missed by many.
So sincerely, Bonnie

Edee Chamberlain Hermens
   Posted Thu April 06, 2017
Debbie, I am sorry to hear that you have lost your dear father. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow.

Dorothy and Roger Yaeger
   Posted Mon April 10, 2017
To all the Smithers family, we were out of town the week your father passed. We were so sorry to hear about Bill. You have our deepest sympathy. Bill was a real nice person to know. Again, we are so sorry.

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