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Billy L. "Bill" Woodsmall Sr., 91, of Riley, passed away at 5:20 a.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017. He was born in Riley Township, on Dec. 8, 1925, to Homer Woodsmall and Betha Price Woodsmall.
Bill was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Marine Corps and was a farmer. He was a former member of the Sullivan County REMC/WIN Energy Board (24 years), and also served as president of the Indiana Statewide REMC Board and was given a Sagamore of the Wabash Award. In addition, he also was a former Member of the Vigo County Fair Board and was involved with various 4-H programs for many years. Bill was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 972 and Riley American Legion Post 328.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Thompson Woodsmall, whom he married Sept. 27, 1952; and their children, Billy Woodsmall Jr., Gregory Woodsmall (Peggy), and Lisa Frank (Chris). He also is survived by four grandchildren, Megan Woodsmall-Reece (Jarrod), Lance Frank (Stacey), Kylie Frank, and Caleb Frank; as well as two great-grandchildren, Levi Frank and Tristan Reece. Other survivors include his siblings, Roy Woodsmall (Delores) and June Bechtold; many nieces and nephews; including devoted nieces, Sherry Lamb, Sandy Esker, and Karla Holt; caregiver and friend, Judy Henderson; and former daughter-in-law, Phyllis Woodsmall. He was preceded in death by a brother, Keith Woodsmall and his wife June; and a great-nephew, Scott Holt.
Funeral services will be at DeBaun Springhill Chapel on Monday, March 13, 2017, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jeff Lee officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery with military honors provided by Riley American Legion Post 328. Visitation is scheduled for today, March 12, 2017, from 3 until 6 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Indy Honor Flight or the charity of choice.
Published on March 11, 2017
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