Posted Online: April 09, 2012, 5:11 pm

William Smith

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William "Bill" Smith, 87, of Rock Island, died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Trinity Rock Island.

Private graveside services were held at Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island.

He was born Dec. 23, 1924, in Clayton, Ill., to Kirk and Nellie Decker Smith. He married Olive June Wear March 13, 1946, in Quincy, Ill. She died in 2008.

He had been employed at the Rock Island Arsenal for over 30 years as a machine operator. He was a World War II United States Air Force veteran.

Survivors are his three grandchildren, Todd, Erin, Ashley; and sister-in-law, Connie (John) Staggs, Strongsville, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by son, Kirk, in 1986.