BYRON – Warren Lee Smith 75, of Byron Illinois passed away Feb. 3, 2019 at Swedish American Hospital after a long illness. Born Sept. 11, 1943 to Emma (Hohlen) and Benjamin Smith, he attended Oregon schools; graduating high school in 1962. He joined the U.S. Army serving in Germany after high school.
Warren married Laura Lynn Hughes in 1967 and had 2 children: Jennifer and Stephen. He worked at E.D. Etnyre Co. as a welder for 32 years, retiring in 1996 due to a disability. He also coached little league baseball and umpired local baseball games for many years.
In 1987, he married Margaret Schrader. Warren loved watching the Green Bay Packers, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls. He was an avid sports fan and loved 50's and 60's music. He went to many auctions especially Chana Sale Barn.
He is survived by his wife Maggie of Byron, daughter Jennifer Smith of Grand Rapids, Ohio; step-daughter Linda (James) Auth of Oregon; 3 grandchildren, Amy (Tom Grace) Otten of Oregon, Tony (Pati Blain) Otten of Forsythe, Mo.; and Tiffaney (Evan) Sackett Yigo, Guam; 2 great grandchildren, Abbi-Dale and Eli Grace of Oregon; many nieces and nephews and his "special girl" Roxie.
He is predeceased by his parents, 5 brothers John, Harold, Edwin, Delano and David; sister Charlotte Krueger, son Stephen, and 2 step-daughters, Angela Boss and Rosalie Otten.
Cremation rites have been accorded per Warren's wishes, there will be no funeral or visitation. There is a Memorial Luncheon planned on March 3 from 1-3 p.m. at the Oregon VFW, for family and friends to share memories and great stories of a good man.