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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
William "Bill" Alfred Smelser
April 19, 1935 - February 2, 2018

Place of Birth: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Residence: Sidney, Montana
Age: 82

Bill was born on April 19, 1935, to Rex and Apolonia (Seefeld) Smelser in Sioux Falls, SD, one of six siblings. His family moved many times before coming to Montana, including living in Bremerton, WA during WWII. Their first home was in Miles City, coming to Sidney in 1949, where they became active members of Trinity Lutheran Church. After coming to Sidney, Bill’s joys included playing football for the Sidney Eagles as a defensive end and captain of the team, as well as being a member of the National Guard.
Bill began his own family in 1957, with his marriage to Sharon Ann Weiser in Hazelton, ND. Their family began with the birth of their son, Todd William, soon followed by Bret Alfred and Cindy Lynnae. Sharon and Bill fostered two other sons, Timothy Wade Mulholland and Joel Metrick. The addition of these two sons completed his family.
Bill had many hobbies which included raising dogs, wood working, fishing, playing cards, traveling, writing poetry, cooking meals, and making old fashioned ice cream with his special recipe for his children and grandchildren. He was an active member of the Sidney community, having served as a city councilman, assisting in the pioneering of the Old Fashioned 4th of July, and a member of the Sportsman’s Club. He assisted in construction of the current Trinity Church building by hauling many loads of brick from Hebron, ND to Sidney.
Bill was a successful entrepreneur in the new steel, hide, fur and recycling business, founding Border Steel and Recycling with his son Bret in 1985. He was very proud of this business and the fact that many family members have joined in the operation of it. Bill was a strong but gentle man known for his sense of humor and his love of family.
Bill died on Friday, February 2, 2018, in Sidney, MT.
Bill is survived by: Sharon, his wife of 61 years, his son Bret (Julie), his daughter, Cindy (Tom), his son Tim (Remona), his daughter-in-law, Sue (Roger); He was grandfather to Alissa (Randy), Jon (Megan), Becca (Jordan), Heather (Scott), Bryon (Tania), Brady (Ryann), Carla (Lee), Tanner, Danielle, Katyana (Jake), Tevis, Chelsie, Zach, and Skyler and great grandfather to 21; three sisters, Beverly Backer, Frankie Morrison, and Anna Mindt.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Todd, and his great-grandson Jamie.

Memorial Contribution
If you would like to remember Bill, suggested memorials include Trinity Lutheran Church and Richland Opportunities, Inc.

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Paul & Paulette Huber (Dickinson, ND)
Feb 4, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers for the Smelser Family.
doug hettich
Feb 4, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with the Smelser family.
Violet Tharp
Feb 4, 2018
My thoughts and prayers to the Sharon and all the family.
Meg & Frank Hernandez (Miles City, Montana)
Feb 5, 2018
Our thought and Prayers are with your family.
Susan Zimmerman (Sidney , MT)
Feb 5, 2018
Dear Sharon and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss.
Eric Siegert (Fargo, ND)
Feb 5, 2018
Thoughts and prayers to you ! God bless
Cathy Linde Hancock (Lancaster , California )
Feb 5, 2018
Deepest sympathy to all his loved ones. Heaven has a new resident for eternity....God comfort you in this time of loss!
Tammy Linder (Sidney, Montana)
Feb 6, 2018
Sharon and family - I'm terribly sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful person - he will be missed! May God keep you all in his loving care.
Ken & Karen Marohl (Grand Island, NE)
Feb 6, 2018
Our heartfelt sympathy to you, Sharon & family. Cherish all the great memories you shared. May God bless you all.
Love Ken & Karen
Bruce and Sandi Edwards
Feb 6, 2018
Our hearts go out to my dear friend Sharon and your whole family. MayGod enfold you in His powerful, healing arms and grant you His peace. How comforting to know that Bill is with Him and you will meet again in Gods time.
Debra Gilbert (Sidney, MT)
Feb 8, 2018
Sharon, Bret, Cindy and families, sending heartfelt sympathy to your family during this difficult time. Sending extra prayers
Willie & Jasmine Toler (Sidney, Montana )
Feb 8, 2018
May God send his Angels of comfort to Sharon and the family.
Marilyn Gawryluk (baker, mt)
Feb 9, 2018
To the family Sorry for the loss of your father. Prayers are with you.
Bill's Family
Bill's Family
Bill's Family
Ken & Alane; Ken Stabler Trucking
George & Jeann
Kevin Sept and family
Bill & Deb Hebron
Rus Derherm, Terry & Rita Peterschick, Gary & RaeDel Whittemore, Travis Teets families
Alan, Kelly, Michael, Heather, Gary Burke
Arly, Cara Schumacher and family
Cory Laird & Staff at Reep Bell Lard & Jasper
Amy, Tim, Ashley, Austin and Scott
Larry & Diana Youngquist, JC & Kim Youngquist; Custom Fencing Welding
Franz Construction
JD Seidel & The Whole Contech Family
SHC-Extended Care
CMK Meats
Shirley, Kirk, Keith, Kris, Kaye & the Smelser Family
The Border Steel Employees
Bob Ludwick, John McGraw, True North Steel
North Fork Iron
Jim & David Knapp
Bill's Family
Bill's Family
Bill's Family
Bill's Family
Ken & Alane; Ken Stabler Trucking
George & Jeann
Kevin Sept and family
Bill & Deb Hebron
Rus Derherm, Terry & Rita Peterschick, Gary & RaeDel Whittemore, Travis Teets families
Alan, Kelly, Michael, Heather, Gary Burke
Arly, Cara Schumacher and family
Cory Laird & Staff at Reep Bell Lard & Jasper
Amy, Tim, Ashley, Austin and Scott
Larry & Diana Youngquist, JC & Kim Youngquist; Custom Fencing Welding
Franz Construction
JD Seidel & The Whole Contech Family
SHC-Extended Care
CMK Meats
Shirley, Kirk, Keith, Kris, Kaye & the Smelser Family
The Border Steel Employees
Bob Ludwick, John McGraw, True North Steel
North Fork Iron
Jim & David Knapp
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