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William Smiley

Published January 10,2017

Obituary's Biography:

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. 


16 replies on “William Smiley”

  1. After having worked with Dave years ago at SHS, and more recently when he returned, I know your father must have been a wonderful man to have raised such extraordinary children. My sincere condolences to the family.

  2. My sincere condolences to the family. Dave, your father had to be an amazing man to have raised such a wonderful human being. Thank you Mr. Smiley, I know you are slow dancing now with your beautiful wife.

  3. Dear Smiley Family:

    Our deepest sympathies are with you during this time of loss. We hope you can find reassurance in the care of your friends, and allow the loving memories you have of your father/grandfather to help you through this time.

    Scott, Sylvia & Andrea Marquardt

  4. Dave and Family:
    I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. It’s always hard to lose a loved one, but it sounds like he lived a good long life. My prayers are with you.

  5. Dave Smiley,Please except my sincere condolences on the loss of your father. You and your family on in my prayers.

  6. My condolences to my good friends the Smileys. I’ll always remember your dad at the end of the court during basketball games in high school. He was a great fan. He’ll be missed.

  7. Dave,

    I am sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I know this is a very sad and difficult time for you and your family. You have my very deepest sympathy.

    Deb Perryman

  8. Dave:

    My prayers are with you and your family.The best tribute to our fathers is remember we did the best for them, and I know that will be part of your memories.

    Jaime R Chanaga

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