William Smiley, age 96, of Lake Villa, passed away Monday, January 9, 2017 at his home. He was born on December 8, 1920 in Covington, KY to Ralph and Esther (Baird) Smiley. William was an avid Cubs fan, loved to fish at Druce Lake, and was a member of the Cook County Carpenters Union. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He is survived by his children, Diane (Chris) Holst of Lindenhurst, David (Lavonne) of St. Charles, James (Kim) of DeKalb and Keith (Deborah) of Antioch; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Constance, two brothers, Robert and Lyman, and one granddaughter, Lisa Wadin. All funeral services will be held privately. Arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. Memorials may be made in William’s name to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital.