Billy L. Smith

March 08, 1929 - June 08, 2018

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Wednesday, June 27, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Columbia City Elks Lodge


Billy L. Smith, 89, of Columbia City died Friday, June 8, 2018 at 7:10 p.m. in his residence.

He was born March 8, 1929, in Kendallville to Claude T. and Nellie M. (Waldron) Smith.

Mr. Smith honorably served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. In May, 2017 he was honored to be part of the Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana to Washington D.C.

On October 18, 1953, in Kendallville he married Barbara A. Hinkley.

He has lived in Columbia City since 1974, coming from Auburn and prior from Kendallville. He was a 1947 graduate of Kendallville High School.

Bill and his wife formerly owned and operated the Dairy Queen in Columbia City, where he was fondly known as “Dilly Bar”. After retirement he worked at the Crooked Lake Golf Course at Columbia City for 30 years where everyone knew him as “Smitty”.

He was a member of the Kendallville Elks Lodge, Kendallville VFW Post 2749, and Columbia City American Legion Post 98.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Barbara A. Smith of Columbia City; two daughters and sons-in-law, Babetta “Babs” and Randy Brown of Columbia City and Belinda and Ben Bunyan of Columbia City; two sons, Bradley and Tonja Smith of New Bremen, Ohio, and Ben and Erin Smith of Muncie; nine grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Arcille Skelley and Katherine Hasselman; and five brothers, Lauren Smith, Harold Smith, Jim Smith, Charles “Bud” Smith, and Bob Smith.

A memorial gathering will be on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, from 5 to 8 pm at the Columbia City Elks Lodge, 109 S Main St, Columbia City. The family requests that you come in casual attire.

Preferred memorials are to Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, PO Box 5, Huntertown, Indiana 46748, or to the family.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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June 24th, 2018 10:55am
Auburn, In.

To the Smith family. Sorry for your loss.

J.T. & Pam Van Houten
June 16th, 2018 12:16am
Columbia City

So sorry for your loss. Bill was a good boss and fun guy. May your special memories help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

June 15th, 2018 12:38pm


Jim and Melisa Mozer
June 13th, 2018 9:18am
Troy Ohio

Dear Brad and Tonya: You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sounds like he lived a great life!!

Melissa (Hodge) Althoff
June 12th, 2018 10:16pm
Decker, Indiana

My heart goes out to the Smith family. I am sure by now my great granda Mary Katherine (smith) Hasselman is probably calling him. Sending lots of prayers and hugs from southern Indiana.

Ryan and Stacy Barnett
June 12th, 2018 9:18pm

So sorry, hugs and prayers to all of you.

Mike&Jill Sheets
June 12th, 2018 8:33pm

Sorry for your loss ,our thoghts and prayers are with you and your family

Sara Patterson Price
June 12th, 2018 9:07am
Ocean City Maryland

I remember Uncle Bill as being a very warm and funny loving uncle. My condolences to all.

Rick Kreps
June 12th, 2018 8:11am
Columbia City

I'm saddened by Bill's passing but rejoice that he's in a much better place. Condolences to Barb and family. As this Father's Day approaches, all can rejoice in rich, abundant memories of Smitty. I count him as one of my all-time favorite friends and will always remember his smile and fire, humor and wit. Whether greeting him at church or checking in at the golf course, it was always fun and special saying hello to a really great guy. On this Earth he will be missed, but I'm confident we will share very good times in the future.

Dick n Phyllis Stark
June 11th, 2018 10:54pm
South whitley, In

Our deepest sympathy on your loss, always remember you will have him in your heart and memories.

Cheryl Whetstone
June 11th, 2018 8:50pm

A great man. Loved by many. He was always smiling and always had a joke.

Jake and Meggan Hoag
June 11th, 2018 8:01pm
Columbia City

So sorry for your loss. Smitty is a fixture in my golf course memories. I will always picture him behind the counter or sweeping the front porch. He was always there to greet me and my brothers and later Jake and our kids with a smile (and usually a joke). He will be greatly missed.

Lloyd J Barnhart
June 11th, 2018 3:28pm
641n.armstrong dr. columbia ci

May God bless all of Bills family .I will miss all the talks and aggravation. I will miss his humor..

Tom and Janet Patterson
June 11th, 2018 1:43pm
4955E 640S Wolcottville,In 467

Barb and family: So sorry. I have many fond memories of uncle Bill at our family gatherings.

J and Shirley Douglass
June 11th, 2018 12:42pm
Ft. Wayne

So sorry for your loss. We enjoyed visiting with Bill Barb and Belinda at the C C Legion on Thursday evenings.

Myra & Ron Bolinger
June 11th, 2018 7:22am
Columbia City

We are so sorry for your loss

Tonda Sutton
June 11th, 2018 7:17am
LaGrange, IN

I have good memories of Great Uncle Bill from the Smith family Thanksgivings every year at the Lutheran church. He will be missed by both family and friends. Tonda (Smith) Sutton and family

Tim and Kathy Cool
June 10th, 2018 11:28pm
Columbia City, Indiana

Barb, Belinda and Family - We are so very sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. Please know our hearts and love are with you now at this most difficult time. We loved “Dilly Bar”. ~ Tim and Kathy

Priscilla Wylie
June 10th, 2018 9:45pm
aville in

Babs and Randy and your family , so sorry to hear of your dad passing it is very hard to go through prayers are with u all . if u need any thing let me know u have my number.

Sara Elder
June 10th, 2018 9:34pm
Pierceton, In

I'm sorry for your loss! He was always so nice!

Sharon Targgart Taulbee
June 10th, 2018 8:40pm
Columbia City

Dear Smith family so sorry for your loss you are in my prayers bill was such a good friend and boss.

Heritage Mission Staff and students
June 10th, 2018 8:39pm

We are so sorry for your loss. The girls always looked forward to seeing Bill on Sunday morning at The Chapel for a quick hug and to being on the receiving end of his sage "advice" Blessings to you at this difficult time. Dave & Annette Mains

Jennifer Coy
June 10th, 2018 7:58pm
Columbia City

Deepest Sympathy to you all! 💙🙏

Sandra Rohrbach
June 10th, 2018 6:24pm
Columbia City

Barb, Brad, Babs, Ben and Belinda Bill will be greatly missed I am thankful that I had the change to work with him at Dairy Queen. Bill was never without a smile. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Marybeth Johnson
June 10th, 2018 4:44pm
Columbia City

Just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss! I am praying that God will comfort each one of you during this time, and give you His amazing peace that surpasses all understanding. May God just hold you in His arms during this difficult time.

Marsha Bergman
June 10th, 2018 2:59pm
Columbia City

So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking to and seeing Bill at The American Legion. He was a wonderful man with a fantastic personality and sense of humor. I am honored to have had the chance to meet and talk to him (and the entire family) The whole family will be in my thoughts and prayers. ❤

Dale Lefever
June 10th, 2018 1:47pm

My deepest condolences. He's was a great guy ,always picked on me...which I deserved.

Mike & Saree Bolinger
June 10th, 2018 1:42pm
Columbia City

Sorry for your loss lots of love and prayers for all of you . Go bless!

Matt & Becky Beery
June 10th, 2018 12:46pm
Columbia City

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. Your husband, dad, father in law and grandpa ~ will be missed! God bless!

Marold Farber
June 10th, 2018 12:16pm
Columbia City

So sorry for your loss. He was a really nice guy. I always enjoyed talking with him. He will be missed.

Joel & Shannon Lemmon
June 10th, 2018 12:16pm
Columbia City

We are so sorry for your loss! Praying for comfort and peace in this difficult time.

Don & Sheila Jetmore
June 10th, 2018 11:54am
Casa Grande AZ

We are so sorry for your great loss. Bill was always so kind to us. He truly will be missed. Lifting you all up in prayer. Don & Sheila

DJ Grable
June 10th, 2018 11:25am
Columbia City

I’m so sorry for your loss, I always enjoyed my time with Bill aka Dilly Bar aka Santa clause!!! My thoughts are with the family

Mike Roy
June 10th, 2018 11:24am
Columbia City

Rest In Peace “Dilly Bar”. My prayers to the family in your time of loss.

Diana Line
June 10th, 2018 11:07am
Columbia City

Your dad will be missed by all that met him. Wonderful memories. I will look forward to continuing to see your mom, Barb, in Wal-Mart.

Mary Minnick
June 10th, 2018 11:06am
ColumbiaCity Indiana

Im so sorry for your loss, prayers and love comming your way,God will walk this journey by your sideto give you strentgh.

Donnetta Dingus
June 10th, 2018 11:06am
Columbia City

Your family in my thoughts during this difficult time. Focus on the memories. 💚

Angie Saggars
June 10th, 2018 10:48am
Larwill, IN

Prayers to you all. Focus on all the memories you shared and cherish them. Such a wonderful family, love you all.

Marcia Jones
June 10th, 2018 10:38am
Columbia City

To The Family : I am sorry for loss of this great man ! My heart goes out to all of you ! May you find peace and comfort in the days to come ! My sincere blessings to you all. Love Marcia Jones

Marsha Coon
June 10th, 2018 10:32am

Belinda and Family, May all the wonderful memories you have with your dad get you through this difficult time.