William R. Smith, 91, of Shippensburg, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020, at the Shook Home, Chambersburg.
He was born July 4, 1928, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Bill was a son of the late Roy Herbert and Opal H. (Northcraft) Smith.
Bill’s family moved to a rural area of Pennsylvania when he was six, where he attended a one-room school for seven years and then graduated from the high school located in Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania.
Shortly after graduation he entered the U.S. Navy during WWII. After his discharge, he attended Shippensburg State Teachers College, graduating with a BS degree. He also earned a Master’s degree and Doctorate from Pennsylvania State University. Professionally, he served as a teacher, administrator and college professor. Bill retired as a professor at Shippensburg University after working for nearly 40 years in education.
Bill attended Cleversburg United Methodist Church, and was a member of the Oscar M. Hykes American Legion Post #223, Shippensburg.
He was multi-talented. Bill sang and played guitar, along with many other instruments, had writings which included articles for professional magazines, newspapers, and four books, and painted dozens of pictures. He also enjoyed woodworking, photography, collecting antiques and model railroading.
At age 80, he decided that he wanted to ride motorcycles, and at one time had seven. Bill liked to say that he had one for each day of the week.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy L. (Deneen) Smith; one son, Jeffrey W. (Diane) Smith of Butler, Pennsylvania; six grandchildren, Holly, Mychael, Jamie, Daniel, Rebecca and Thomas; three great-grandchildren, Logan, Remi and Raegan; three sisters, Alta Stahle, Agnes Mills and Jerri Shaffer; one brother, Leon Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ethel M. (Deshong) Smith, who passed away Oct. 16, 2011.
Graveside services will be privately held in the Fairview Cemetery. Officiating will be Pastor Barbara A. Servello. Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date.
Online condolences may be expressed at: www.fogelsanger-brickerfuneralhome.com.