William Raymond Smith
- Pamplin Media
- Central Oregonian - Sports
liam Raymond Smith passed away on Thursday, Feb. 10, at his home in Prineville, Ore.
He was 75 years old.
Visitation was held on Monday, Feb. 14, at Whispering Pines Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 15, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, SE 2nd St., Prineville.
The officiant was Bishop John Morgan, Jr.
William was born on Oct. 29, 1929, to Leroy and Vivian (Gingell) Smith in Evanston, Wyo.
He married Fern Kathryn Hargis on June 12, 1971, in Reno.
He attended school in Lakeview, Ore., and after school went to American River Jr. College in Sacramento.
He entered the U.S. Army during the Korean War for three years.
He moved to Anderson, Calif., where he worked for his brother Tom for five years as a moulder set-up man.
William moved to Prineville and worked for Coin and Bend Millworks until his retirement in 1992.
He has lived in Prineville since 1964.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
His hobbies included bow hunting, lapidary, bowling, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include: his wife Fern of Prineville; daughter Elizabeth Ann Smith Stuart of Carson City, Nev.; sons Michael Hensley, James and Leola Hensley and Allen and Diane Dendy of Prineville; brothers Thomas Ray Smith, Charles Smith of Charleston, Va., Russell Smith of California and Earl and Nancy Smith of Prineville; sister Margaret Hilton of Salt Lake City; a special granddaughter - Chloe Toomey and nine other grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth Smith, brothers Melvin, Troy and Ronald Smith. Memorial contributions may be made to Pioneer Memorial Hospice, 1201 NE Elm St., Prineville OR 97754. Whispering Pines Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.