Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 17, 2013

William 'Bill' G. Smith

TRAVERSE CITY — William “Bill” G. Smith, 83, of Traverse City, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at Grand Traverse Pavilions.

Bill was born Oct. 29, 1930, in Muskegon, to the late Albert and Teresa (Mikula) Smith. He was married to Elsie Milks on June 19, 1965, in Traverse City.

Bill proudly served his county in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Bill was a member of the Cherryland VFW Post 2870 and the American Legion Post 35.

He enjoyed country music, and he and Elise made several trips to the Grand Ole Opry.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Elsie; a daughter, Leslie (Bucky) Gerou; three grandchildren, Kasey, Kaitlyn and Samantha; and a brother, Joseph Smith.

Bill was preceded in death by two brothers, Dave Smith and Fred Smith.

In accordance with Bill’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may consider a donation to Bill’s family, c/o of Elsie Smith.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Bill’s family at

The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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