PENDLETON - William Louis "Bill" Smith, 72, of Pendleton died Monday, March 2, 2009, at his home. A celebration of life service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at the Vert Club Room in Pendleton; food and beverages will be served.
Mr. Smith was born Aug. 20, 1936, in Los Angeles to Louis Eugene Smith and Juanita Francis McKinney. His parents divorced when he was young, and his mother was married again to George F. Bush. He was educated at several southern California schools, and attended Central Point High School, where he played football. He went on to play college football.
In 1954 he enlisted in the Navy and served on several ships all over the world as a 2nd Class Engineman. He was honorably discharged in 1957.
Much of his working career was in the trucking, heavy equipment, and sawmill industries. He worked many years for Cummins Oregon Diesel as a mechanic, field engineer, salesman and general manager. He managed Cummins in Bend before moving to Pendleton in the early 1970s. He bought Circle S Trucking, operating the business until 1980. He later went to work for Blue Mountain Forest Products in Reith and helped engineer, build and maintain the company's mills in Reith and Long Creek until his retirement. During his retirement he built cabinets and custom furniture.
Mr. Smith survived by his wife of 50 years, Jeanne Smith, at the home in Pendleton; sons Warren Smith of Hermiston, Tim Smith of Pendleton and Greg Smith of Portland; daughter Theresa Fowler of Katy, Texas; stepbrother John Bush of Reno, Nev.; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, stepfather and father.
Memorial contributions may be made to Doernbecher Hospital's Cystic Fibrosis Fund through the Blue Mountain Good Sams, 45712 Mission Road, Pendleton, OR 97801.
Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.