William Grover Smith

William Grover Smith

August 13, 1922 - February 24, 2017

William Grover Smith

August 13, 1922 - February 24, 2017


William Grover Smith, Jr., 94, the son of William Grover Smith, Sr. and Annie Davis Freeman Smith, was born August 13, 1922 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky and passed away February 24, 2017 at his home in Trabuco Canyon, California.  After high school, William honorably served his country in the U.S. Army.  After his military service, he worked as an Electrical Engineer for 30 years with McDonnell Douglas.  After his retirement from McDonnell Douglas he worked 30+ years as General Manager for Save Most Business.

Bill was a good man, friend, dad, grandpa and great grandpa with many interests and stories to tell. He loved his family, job, horse races, Don Julio, golf, travel back home to KY, and other favorite destinations (Mexico, Palm Springs, Hawaii). He lived a full 94+ years and will be missed by those who knew him.

William is survived by his sons William Grover Smith III and Ken Smith; daughter Anita Laehy; sister Mildred Elliston, five grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his first wife Jean Smith, daughter Kathy VanCott Stevens and his second wife Phyllis Smith.

A Funeral service will be Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 9:30am at O’Connor Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653.  Burial will follow at Riverside National Cemetery, 12:30pm, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518, and concluding with a reception at “Our Place” 3pm, 24301 Muirlands Blvd., #Y-X, Lake Forest CA 92630.

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2 responses to William Grover Smith

  1. OPENNING day at Santa Anita Dec.26 every year I would look for Uncle Bill usually by the nearest trash can in the club house.More times than not he would be there.Uncle Bill was always very good to me and my family.He helped me to get a job at McDonnell Douglas.Great place to work for 21 yrs I will miss talking about the horses.Rest in peace
    Your Nephew

  2. David Ingram says:

    Bill, Ken ,Anita, Mildred and families,

    Pat and I were saddened to hear about the death of Bill. He was a good man and will be missed by those who loved him. It was always a pleasure to see Bill, if only for a little while, at Keeneland Race Track. We know you have tremendous memories of Bill as a brother, father, and grandfather to help you through a difficult loss. I have many good ones of my uncle.

    Please take care of each other,
    Dave and Pat Ingram

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