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William O. Smith IV, M.D.


Service: 2:00pm Sun. November 5th, 2017
Location: Conroy Funeral Home

SMITH, William O. IV, M.D., 86, of Springfield, OH, died Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at Hospice of Dayton Hospital in Dayton, OH. Born April 21, 1931, in Tulsa, OK, he was the son of the late William O. Smith III and Grace West Smith. He was a graduate of Lawrence Prep School in Lawrenceville, NJ, attended Northwestern University for two years, a 1953 graduate of Oklahoma University and a 1957 graduate of University of Oklahoma Medical School. He served his residency at the University of Kansas from 1957 to 1963. He was a United States Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War serving from 1963 to 1966, stationed at Tachikawa AFB at the time of his honorable discharge as a captain. He was a practicing neurosurgeon in Denver, CO from 1966 to 1974 and had lived in Springfield, OH since 1974, moving from Denver. On December 28, 1989, he married Colleen Kennedy who survives of the home. He was a Catholic. He was a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons and American College of Surgeons. In addition to his wife Colleen, he is survived by five children: William O. Smith V and wife Patricia of Houston, TX, Malcom Bromley Smith and wife Peggy of Columbia, MO, Paul Andrew Smith and wife Toni of Denver, CO, Lila Suzanne Smith of Denver, CO and Kiffin Matthew Smith and wife Amy of Denver, CO; six grandchildren: Ryne and Dallas Smith, Dylan and Kyle Smith, and Veronica and Lauren Smith; two stepchildren, Charles James Townsend III and wife Melissa and Elizabeth Higgins Davis of Beavercreek, OH; three step-grandchildren, Pierson Davis, Grayson Davis and Charlie Jane Townsend; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death two sisters, Barbara Lorene Millard, and Martha Suzanne Smith in infancy. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 5, 2017, at Conroy Funeral Home, 1660 E. High St., Springfield, OH 45505. Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Bethel Baptist Cemetery north of Marshall, MO. Memorials may be made to the University of Kansas Medical Center-Department of Neurology, 3901 Rainbow Blvd, Mailstop 2012, Kansas City, KS 66160, University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, P.O. Box 258856, Oklahoma City, OK 73125 or Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420.
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Dear Colleen and Family, We are so sorry for each of you in your loss. Our special thanks go to Colleen and Smith for the many hours given to our daughter Christine Beaver when she needed comfort and direction, and family just wasn't enough. May you feel free to call on us if we can help you. Love, Don and Carol

- Don and Carol Beelick, Sunday November 5th, 2017

Colleen and Family, As Colleen's friend, I had the privilege of knowing Dr. Smith the past few years. In his quiet, dignified way, he was respected even outside his work, as a neurosurgeon. His work as a neurosurgeon for me and thousands of others was brilliant. I would like to acknowledge his Children, William, Suzanne and Paul for all their love and support of their Dad and Colleen. What I want to share is his and Colleen's special love for each other. When she came to the office, he lit up. Colleen was most happy having time with him. And the banter between them was hilarious. This last year, Colleen was an amazing, tireless caregiver. They each were more concerned about each other than themselves. That kind of love will last forever. . With love Smith, from your rose buddy.

- Peggy J. Smith, Saturday November 4th, 2017

Colleen & family ~ we are so sorry for your loss. We have many good memories of Bill and some of the fun times we all had together. He was a caring man and will be missed by many

- Don & Judy Capelli, Friday November 3rd, 2017

Rest in peace Bud, you had a long successful life and career. We met in 1943 at Eugenes Barbershop in Tulsa.. Grace had taken you there for a haircut and we found out that we lived in the same neighborhood. During those early years you were away to Lawrenceville in prep school and we only spent summers and vacations together with Walter Jordan and Bob Armstrong. We did a'lot of squerril hunting and swimming at Hudson's pool. In 1946 your dad WO and mother Grace moved the family from 38th street to 26th street and wanted to send some household furnishings to the farm in Marshall, Mo. I was 17 years old and Doc Smith ask if I would drive the load of furniture to the farm in a rental truck. I jumped at the chance and you went with me. We had a ball! This is just one of the many great times we had together. These are boyhood memories you don,t forget. Sadly your gone, but will never be forgotten. My love to Colleen and your family. Markham Johnson

- Markham Johnson, Thursday November 2nd, 2017

Sad to hear of the passing of Dr. Smith. My husband had been a patient of his since 1996. So thankful for what he has done for him. Even when Doc stopped practicing he would see Dave as needed. There are not many like that for sure. I still catch myself looking over at the office when I drive down Middle Urbana to see if he is putting in late night hours. I know he knew how much we respected and appreciated him for what he did for us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family. May he enjoy a good tennis match. The Toadvineā€™s

- Dave and Dorothy Toadvine, Thursday November 2nd, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. My love and friendship are here for you to use. Know that my wishes are for your reliance. Always your friend, in love Lynn

- Lynn Bashore, Tuesday October 31st, 2017

Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. Bill Smith was a compassionate, brilliant and generous man who affected so many lives.

- Linda Himes, Monday October 30th, 2017

Sorry to hear your sad news, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.Stay strong and take care love from Jeanette (Ramsorrun) and family xxx

- Jeanette and family, Saturday October 28th, 2017

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