The Lusk Herald
William H. "Bill" Smith, Jr.
A memorial service for former Lusk resident, Bill Smith, 71, will be held on Monday, Dec. 9, 1:30 p.m. at Cicmanec-Pier Funeral Home.
Bill Smith died in his home in Cheyenne on Nov. 28, 2002, after a long bout with cancer.
He was born July 18, 1931, to William Sr. and Hester (Brey) Smith in Hillsboro, Wisc. He lived in Ontario, Wisc., until the family moved to the Lusk area in 1937. Bill graduated from Lusk High School in 1949. After graduation he joined the Wyoming Army National Guard and worked for the telephone company. In 1951 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy seeing duty in the South Pacific and Korea for the next four years. After his discharge, Bill's patriotic spirit kept him in the military reserves, and he retired with honors from the Wyoming Air National Guard after 30 years of service.
He married Kay Morgan at Lusk in November 1955. In 1963 he and Kay purchased Holland's Cabins, which they renamed Covered Wagon Motel. They sold the motel in 1976. He was also the local State Farm Insurance agent until 1979, when he assumed a State Farm agency in Cheyenne. During his years with State Farm, he received many honors and top awards, retiring in 1995. During his four decades in business, he was prominent in many organizations, including the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, and was past president of the Wyoming Motel Association. He was also a pilot and was active in the Civil Air Patrol.
In 1986 he married Bonnie Bush of Cheyenne. They enjoyed hiking, golfing, skiing and traveling in their motor home.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie, of Cheyenne; his mother, Hester Smith, of Lusk; three sons, Brett and Bruce, both of Kimball, Neb., and Dave of Sidney, Neb; four step-daughters, Sarah Daigle of Slidell, La., Susan Utter of Lafayette, La., Carolyn Williams of Gilmer, Texas; and Jennifer Bush of Concord, N. C.; one step-son David Bush of Cheyenne; six grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, William H, Smith, Sr. and one grandson, Sean David Smith.
In lieu of flowers the family requests gifts to the American Cancer Society, 4202 Ridge Road, Cheyenne, WY 82001, or to a charity of their choice.
Harry Brey (Date Unknown - July 2, 1966)Paul D. Brey (October 11, 1934 - February 12, 2004)Kenneth LeRoy Erlewine (July 9, 1911 - October 4, 1969)Lucille Erlewine (March 8, 1915 - July 26, 2000)Phillip Leroy Erlewine (September 1, 1940 - April 11, 1950)Margaret May Hoy (April 25, 1940 - April 25, 1940)Maynard Harley Hoy (November 28, 1911 - July 21, 1981)Jessie June Humphreys (June 21, 1903 - December 20, 1992)William Smith Humphreys (July 23, 1906 - February 11, 1937)James Dale Leimser (May 30, 1917 - September 28, 1995)Ruth Elizabeth Leimser (May 27, 1919 - April 13, 1994)Floyd Marion McCleerey (January 20, 1908 - January 30, 1990)John William McCleerey (August 25, 1880 - January 13, 1963)Minnie Bernice McCleerey (June 1, 1919 - October 16, 2014)Ralph W. McCleerey (Date Unknown - November 26, 1944)Sophia Margaret McCleerey (April 8, 1879 - July 20, 1959)Frances S. McCoy (September 13, 1915 - March 3, 1997)Thomas McCoy (June 8, 1897 - December 17, 1963)Betty Ione Morgan (November 28, 1925 - January 26, 2013)Ellis Alva Morgan (April 21, 1872 - July 29, 1939)Hardy Wilson Morgan (September 22, 1881 - March 14, 1969)Minnie Frances Morgan (August 2, 1877 - March 4, 1967)Paul Morgan (October 10, 1913 - June 15, 1980)Voyne Clayborn Morgan (March 12, 1920 - August 22, 2002)Clarence LeRoy Simon (August 10, 1892 - March 25, 1958)Floyd Francis Simon (May 30, 1897 - November 23, 1983)Marie Gay Simon (April 26, 1903 - September 6, 1965)Martha Alice Simon (October 12, 1869 - May 8, 1967)Hester Violet Smith (April 13, 1908 - November 2, 2015)Sean David Smith (February 2, 1985 - February 2, 1985)William Brett Smith (November 1, 1956 - February 2, 2015)William Henry Smith (December 10, 1908 - August 15, 1963)Harry Raymond Webb (September 18, 1912 - February 2, 1981)
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