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Harlan E. Smith of Danville passed away peacefully Monday, Feb. 19, at Autumn Leaves Memory Care Center in Bolingbrook, at the age of 101.
Harlan was born in Bismarck to Clarence and Alice Smith. He served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific as Chief Petty Officer on the USS Birmingham. Returning from the War in 1946 he married his sweetheart, Alice Louise ("Sally") Redman. He, and eventually his wife, joined his father in the insurance business and brought the business to Danville as C.H. Smith Insurance. "Smitty" served many in the area as their "insurance man" for five decades.
He is survived by his daughter Gail (Joe) Girard of Minooka; and grandchildren, David (Sarah) McHone-Chase of DeKalb, and Lisa (David) Tollefson of Tacoma, Wash. He was proud of his five great-grandchildren, who along with his grandchildren was their "PawPaw." He is also survived by his brother, Wendell (Ellyn) Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Bernice, Ruth and Ruby. His partner in life, his wife Sally, preceded him in death in 2013.
Harlan was involved in the Danville community as a longtime member of Central Christian Church. Serving as elder for the church, he was a Sunday School teacher and enjoyed sharing where he shared his faith, wit and love with many. The church's CoWed class was a source of lifelong friends as well as a community of faith. He also was a member of the Kiwanis Noon Club, serving in many capacities. Danville Library Board, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Greater Danville Association of Churches and many other civic organizations also benefited from his talents and leadership. He prided himself on being a lifelong learner taking classes at Danville Area Community College after his retirement in his mid-80s.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at Central Christian Church, 1101 N. Vermilion. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park in Danville. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion. Memorial donations may be made to Central Christian Chur or Danville Public Library.
Please join Harlan's family in sharing memories, photos, and videos on his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 21, 2018
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