William A. Smith, 68, of Tilton, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2019 at his home. He was born on April 4, 1950 in Danville, IL, the son of William C. & Eleanor (Collins) Smith. William was united in marriage to Rita Ligocki on October 9, 1987, she survives.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, Rita; brother in law, Gene Barnes; nephew, John (AdriAnn) Barnes, niece, Kellie (John) Anderson; great nieces, Kasie Anderson & SonShyne Barnes; great nephew, Nicklas Anderson. William was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Evelyn Barnes.
William was proud to serve his country in the United State Marine Corp, he received a Purple Heart for being wounded in Vietnam. William worked for Bumper Works, Flexel and Freight Car Services, retiring in 2004 from Freight Car Services. He was a very active member of the United Church of Tilton & was a trustee for the Village of Tilton. William loved all types of cars, watches & an animal lover.
A celebration of William’s life will be held at 11:00am on Monday, February 11, 2019 at United Church of Tilton, 520 W 5th St, Tilton, IL. Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 4:00pm on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the church. Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, Illinois, 3940 N Vermilion St. Danville, Illinois 61834 is assisting the family in making arrangements. Memorial donations may be made in his honor to Vermilion County Animal Shelter, C.A.R.A and United Church of Tilton. Please join the family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com