William Smith


William S. Smith, 94, a resident of Good Samaritan Society, Davenport, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 21, 2011. 

Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 26 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 916 E. Rusholme St., Davenport. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home with a 4:00 p.m. prayer service to begin the visitation. There will be additional visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday in the gathering space at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul the Apostle, Good Samaritan Society, or to the Alzheimer’s Association.  

William Sheridan Smith was born February 24, 1917 in Davenport, Iowa, a son of William H. Smith and Margaret C. Hanley Smith.   He graduated from Saint Ambrose Academy, Davenport.   He married LaVerne M. Shebanek on November 11, 1950 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Davenport. He was a member of St. Paul’s for over 60 years.  Bill served in the Civil Air Patrol in his younger years. He retired from the Rock Island Arsenal after forty years. 

After retirement, Bill enjoyed wintering in Arizona. He was treasurer for Boy Scout Troop 20 for many years.  He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, and was a volunteer pall bearer at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home.    Bill loved his wife, family, faith, ballroom dancing, square dancing, and camping. 


He is survived by his loving wife, LaVerne; and three sons:  David and his wife, Cindy of Davenport, Alan and his wife, Karen of Denver, and Larry of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren, Brad, Tod, Benjamin, Zachary and his wife, Kimberly, and Adam and his wife, Tracy, and Bill’s great grandson, Paul.  He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Evelyn Shebanek Green of Shreveport, LA and several nieces & nephews.   

Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Catherine Smith Dunleavy, his brother, Eugene Smith and his parents.  Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.

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