William Sargent Smith, age 77, of McKean Township, died at his home on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Born April 6, 1939 in Waynesburg, PA, he was the son of John Clark Smith and Ica D. Anderson Smith.
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Bill moved to Erie in 1958 and worked construction before serving in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1969. He then worked at Erie Tool Works, Ken Bickel Construction Co., and finally Penelec, where he retired after 17 years of employment.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and his daughter Richelle, who will be interred with him. Survivors include his friend of 51 years, lover of 50 years, and wife of 47 years, Ruth E. Robinson Smith; a son, William S. Smith Jr.; two daughters, Cristina Bennett and Ivy Haibach; a grandson, Canyon John Smith; and several adopted grandsons and two great-grandsons.

The Smith family will gather for private services at Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Edinboro. Burial with military honors will follow at Valley Cemetery in McKean Township.