Billy L. Smith
March 08, 1929 - June 08, 2018
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.
Share memories or condolences at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com
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.
ON BEHALF OF THE COMRADES AND SISTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INDIANA YOU HAVE OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE AND OUR DEPARTED COMRADE.OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL.SINCERELY VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF INDIANA STATE CHAPLAIN KEISTON R.HOLLOWAY
Dear Brad and Tonya: You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sounds like he lived a great life!!
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.
So sorry, hugs and prayers to all of you.
Sorry for your loss ,our thoghts and prayers are with you and your family
I remember Uncle Bill as being a very warm and funny loving uncle. My condolences to all.
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.
Our deepest sympathy on your loss, always remember you will have him in your heart and memories.
A great man. Loved by many. He was always smiling and always had a joke.
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.
May God bless all of Bills family .I will miss all the talks and aggravation. I will miss his humor..
Barb and family: So sorry. I have many fond memories of uncle Bill at our family gatherings.
So sorry for your loss. We enjoyed visiting with Bill Barb and Belinda at the C C Legion on Thursday evenings.
We are so sorry for your loss
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
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
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.
I'm sorry for your loss! He was always so nice!
Dear Smith family so sorry for your loss you are in my prayers bill was such a good friend and boss.
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
Deepest Sympathy to you all! 💙🙏
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.
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.
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. ❤
My deepest condolences. He's was a great guy ,always picked on me...which I deserved.
Sorry for your loss lots of love and prayers for all of you . Go bless!
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!
So sorry for your loss. He was a really nice guy. I always enjoyed talking with him. He will be missed.
We are so sorry for your loss! Praying for comfort and peace in this difficult time.
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
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
Rest In Peace “Dilly Bar”. My prayers to the family in your time of loss.
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.
Im so sorry for your loss, prayers and love comming your way,God will walk this journey by your sideto give you strentgh.
Your family in my thoughts during this difficult time. Focus on the memories. 💚
Prayers to you all. Focus on all the memories you shared and cherish them. Such a wonderful family, love you all.
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
Belinda and Family, May all the wonderful memories you have with your dad get you through this difficult time.