Billy L. "Bill" Woodsmall Sr., 91, of Riley, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 5:20 a.m. He was born in Riley Township on Dec. 8, 1925, to Homer Woodsmall and Betha Price Woodsmall. Bill was a veteran of WW 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 VFW 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 is also 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; and 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 held at DeBaun Springhill Chapel at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017, with the Rev. Jeff Lee officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 12, 2017, 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.
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Published on March 10, 2017