William K. “Bill” Smith, age 94, of Renville, died peacefully, surrounded by his family on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Renville. The Rev. Dennis Labat will officiate. Burial will be with military honors in Fairview Cemetery in Renville. Visitation will be Monday from 5-7 p.m. at the Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Renville. Visitation will continue on Tuesday one hour prior to the services at the church in Renville. In Lieu of flowers, memorials are prefered to the Renville Volunteer Fire Department.
William Kienlen “Bill” Smith was born on April 9, 1923, in Renville, Minnesota to Owen and Alma (Kienlen) Smith. He grew up in Renville and graduated from Renville High School. Bill continued his education at St. John’s University and the University of Minnesota, graduating with a degree in Mortuary Science. It was during this time at the U of M he met his wife to be, Mary Lou Mabey. After graduation, Bill served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He was united in marriage to Mary Lou Mabey on September 2, 1946, in Minneapolis. Following their marriage, they moved to Renville and Bill joined his brother Sam and together they owned and operated Smith Hardware and Smith Funeral Service. Bill was a leader in the community of Renville, he served on many boards and building committees over the years. He was a city council member and mayor for four years, a 40 year member of the Renville Fire Dept. serving as chief for 10 years, an EMT and served as Ambulance board president. He also served on the school board, the RenVilla Nursing Home board, was chairman of the swimming pool committee, and a board member of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Assoc. He was a 70 year member and past commander of the Renville American Legion, a life member the Knights of Columbus, and a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Bill was also actively involved on the building committee for the RenVilla Nursing Home, East Ridge Court, Meadow’s on Main and the Renville Community Center.
Survivors include his daughter and sons: Sarah (and Ernie) Perez of Mountain View, CA, Will (and Lori Park-Smith) of Willmar, Daniel (and Nancy) of Rapid City, SD, and Timothy Owen (and Dan Taylor) of Vieques, Puerto Rico and Milwaukee, WI; his grandchildren: Mike (and Giao) Perez, David Perez, Anna (and Alyssa Gundred) Perez , Matthew, Harrison, and Parker Smith, Emily (and David) Segalini, and Neil (and Laura) Smith; his great grandchildren: Ava, Mira, Isabella, and Lily Perez, and Olivia and Claire Segalini, and Avery Smith; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary Lou, and his brother Sam, Sr. and his sister Barbara Pearce.
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