William Carl Smyers passed away Wednesday, June 23, in the Continental Care & Rehab. He was born May 20, 1928, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to William Carl and Viola Mary Zufall Smyers.
Raised and schooled in Brookville, Pennsylvania, Bill moved to Montana in 1947 and joined the US Army in 1950 to serve in occupied Germany Headquarters to perform Signal Codes. An accomplished self-taught tailor, cook, and artist, Bill became Director of the Butte Community Theater until the age of 65. Most of the costumes for 48 shows were created by Bill, his favorite show being “The Music Man”. 45 of those shows were taped professionally between 1981 and 1993, and donated to the Butte Archives. Retiring from Wein’s Men’s Store after 25 years, Bill continued to do alterations for several more years. Bill was a lifetime member and Past Exalted Ruler of the Butte Elks Lodge #240. A proud member of Gold Hill Lutheran Church & Choir for many years, Bill is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Viola Smyers, his brother, David Smyers, and sisters Todd Atcheson, Lillian Martz, and Eleanor Fetters.
The family thanks the staff at Continental Care & Rehab, Frontier Home Health & Hospice, and Dr. Shawna Yates.
Cremation has taken place and interment of Bill‘s ashes will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. A reception will be held in Bill‘s honor at the Copper King Hotel on July 11 at 1 PM.
Memorials may be made to the Butte Community Theater or the donors choice.
Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Bill.
Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Bill and his family.