Charles was born on August 17, 1924 in Fennimore, Wisconsin to Charles Edward Smith and Effa Blanche Stich. The family then moved to Yakima, Washington when he was a small child. Charlie aka Bill joined the Navy upon graduation from high school and served in the Pacific during World War II. He worked for Oregon Steel mills and retired after working for 38 years.
He married Patricia R. Davis in 1946. They were married for 37 years upon her passing in 1983. He later married Clara Manos Smith (deceased) and is survived by his wife Ethel J Smith. He is survived by his sister Dorothy Newnam in the Seattle area; his three children Frederick Smith (Kathy) of Duluth, Minnesota; Georgina Dubay (Robert) Wilsonville, Oregon; Amelia Denham Fairview, Oregon and a granddaughter and two great-grandsons. His sister Eileen Joahannsen of Huntington Beach California predeceased him.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 1pm December 20, 2015 at The Church at Rockwood 17021 E Burnside St. Portland, Oregon.