August 16, 2013


William E. "Buckskin Bill" Smith, 91, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at Twilight Acres nursing home in Wall Lake.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Lake City Cemetery.

Lampe Funeral Home in Lake City is assisting the family.

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Bill was born Dec. 7, 1921 to Hank and Katherine (Smith) Buttrick. He was a member of the Baptist Church and graduated from Lake City High School. Bill served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was stationed in Hawaii. He then worked in Alaska as a lineman for GE for one year.

He was emcee for the "Fort Dodge Barn Dance" on TV for two years and was known as "Buckskin Bill" - a name he's still known by.

He worked at KSCG and had a half-hour radio program for 15 years. Bill moved to Yetter when he retired and was pastor of the Yetter Church for eight years.

Bill is survived by his cousins Pat Eikenberry of Auburn and Harold Puffer of California, and nephew George Halvorsen of Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Margaret Ann Halvorsen and Elaine Paulson, and nephew Sam Smith.