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Obits > 1968 - William R. Smith

Submitted by Melva L Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

January 2, 1968 - Tuesday, pg 2




Tampico Man Killed In Tractor Accident


Tampico: - Funeral services for William R. Smith, 54, rural Tampico farmer who was killed when his tractor overturned on him Saturday, were held this afternoon (Tuesday) at the First Methodist Church, the Rev. Edgard Perez officiating, with burial in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. The Schmidt Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.


According to authorities, Smith was maneuvering along the west bank of the Illinois-Hennepin canal, two miles northeast of Tampico, attempting to get into position to help a trucker whose vehicle was stuck, when the tractor overturned.  Whiteside County Coroner John Ardapple will conduct an inquest Tuesday afternoon.


The organist for the service was Mrs. David Hoover and the soloist, Mrs. Everett Renkes.

Pallbearers were Carl Hasselman, Walter Kerkhove, Lawrence Thome, Gerald  Henson, Ben Hicks and Donald Amery.  Flower aides were Mrs. Jack Thompson and Mrs. Charles Hamblock.


William Smith was born Dec. 1, 1913, in Bureau County, the son of William and Kathryn Smith. He was educated in New Bedford and lived in Tampico vicinity all his life.  He married Mildred R. Renner July 6, 1940, in Davenport, Iowa.  He was a member of the Tampico First Methodist Church.


He is survived by his widow, one son, Reiley of Lyndon; one daughter, Mrs. John (Lynn) Marshall of Rock Falls; two grandsons, three brothers, Ivan of Grand Forks, S.D.; Lawrence of Sterling, Clarence of Rock Falls; three sisters, Mrs. Gordon (Margaret) Glassburn of Tampico, Mrs. Glen (Kathryn) Lamoreux of Compton, Mrs. John (Evelyn) Egan of Sterling.


He was preceded by his parents, one brother, and one son in infancy.


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