William R. “Bill” Smith, 71, Tipton, died Monday evening, Jan. 6, 2014, at his residence. He was born March 19, 1942, in Tipton County, to William E. and Margery I. (Thompson) Smith. On Sept. 21, 1986, he married Gwen M. Whisler and she survives. He and Gwen had also lived in Estero, Fla., for 20 years.
Bill worked at Chrysler in Kokomo for 30 years as an inspector and production worker, retiring Feb. 5, 1995. He had been a member of the Lions Club in Tipton, Kempton and Florida. Bill attended the Goldsmith Methodist Church. He loved collecting antique cars and was a marathon runner in the 1980s.
Survivors besides his wife, Gwen, include his mother of Tipton; one daughter, Tamela Watson, Sharpsville; one sister, Judy Phillipe, Tipton; three grandchildren, Kayla, Patrick and Kyle Ray, and one great-grandson, Brayden Ray.
A memorial service for Bill will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tipton Lions Club, 1003 N. East St., Tipton, IN 46072. Young-Nichols Funeral Home, Tipton, is in charge of the arrangements.