Charles 'Bill' Smith

Charles 'Bill' Smith

CHAMPAIGN — Charles William Smith (Bill), 78, of Champaign went to be with the Lord on Friday (Aug. 31, 2018).

He was born May 21, 1940, in Pontiac, to George and Gladys (Eppel) Smith.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, at Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, Urbana. Pastor Stephen Diehl and Pastor Luke Henry will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Champaign. Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy.

Bill’s wife, Ann, of 52 years survives. He is also survived by four children, Michael Smith of Mahomet, Steve (Joann) Smith of Elgin, Becky (Steve) Amjad of Mahomet and Marcia (Brian) Schoudel of Mahomet; 11 grandchildren, Andrew, Marissa, and Aaron Smith, Emma, Sarah, Ben, and Molly Amjad, Carter and Madison Smith and Jacob and Tyler Schoudel; two brothers, Jim Smith of Normal and Robert (Sharon) of Odell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Pete.  

Dr. Smith received his DVM degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1965. After practicing in Dundee and Rockford and serving in the Army Veterinary Corps for two years, he returned to the university as an instructor in 1969. He completed an M.S. degree in 1972. Then in 1974, he completed a rigid examination to become a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, making him board certified in surgery. In 1978, he was appointed chief of small animal surgery at the college. By 1980, he had worked his way up through the academic ranks to become a professor of veterinary clinical medicine. He taught orthopedic surgery. He loved teaching students, interns and residents. He was the epitome of an excellent teacher. He was the recipient of the Norden Outstanding Teacher Award three times: in 1977, 1983 and 1991. In 1966, the members of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, many of whom are UI alumni, recognized Dr. Smith as the teacher who had the most impact on their career. In 2000, he received the Campus Award for Excellence in Professional and Graduate Student Teaching. He taught at the college for 31 years before retiring in August 2000. After retiring from the University of Illinois, he did veterinary consulting in various practices in the area, mainly in Bradley and Bloomington. He continued to do surgery until his health prevented it. He truly loved his job. In 2014, the ACVS Foundation awarded him the distinction of Honored Mentor as colleagues acknowledged the outstanding mentorship and support he provided them in their professional development.  

Above all, he was a loving husband, wonderful dad and an awesome grandpa who loved his family so much. There was nothing he would not do for his family, and he loved spending time together with them.

Bill was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church of Savoy where over the years he has faithfully served as a teacher, moderator and deacon. He enjoyed Bible Study Fellowship and was a leader for several years. He also went on two medical mission trips to Honduras. His faith was very important to him.

Bill enjoyed woodworking as a hobby and made furniture, school clocks, grandfather clocks and refurnished some antique furniture. He was a very handy man and could fix most anything.  

He was such a kind, considerate, loving, humble person who was dearly loved and will be dearly missed.  

Memorial donations may be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church, Savoy, or the University of Illinois Veterinary Class of 1965 Scholarship Fund. Online condolences can be shared with his family at morganmemorialhome.com.

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