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Jack Frank Smith Jr., 64, passed away at 9:10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis after a very quick battle with cancer.
Jack was born in Danville, Ill., on Aug. 28, 1952, to Jack Frank Sr. and Alma Ruth (Frobose) Smith.
Jack became interested in police work as a teenager when he was one of the original members of an Explorer Scout post dedicated to law enforcement. He graduated from Danville High School in 1970 and then attended Danville Area Community College, majoring in police science and joined the police cadet program. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1972-1976, graduating from recruit training at the Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, completing schooling as a Seaman Radioman in Bainbridge, Md., and serving in Attack Squadron 45 in Cecil Field, Fla., as Radioman Second Class.
Jack moved back to Danville in 1976 to finish the police cadet program and became a patrolman with the Danville Police Department in 1978. He joined the criminal investigation division in 1985 and was promoted to sergeant in 1991 with four of his police cases featured on the "Forensic Files" TV show. At the age of 45, Jack retired from the Danville Police Department to open his own private investigation agency in Danville, Smith Investigations.
After retiring a second time, Jack worked part-time at the Food Lion grocery store in Fort Mill, S.C., and upon returning to Mahomet, Ill., in 2015, he most recently worked part-time at the Mahomet IGA.
Jack married Kelley Louise O'Neil on March 17, 1984, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Danville. She survives.
Surviving children include son Greg (Annie) Forbes; daughter, Susan (Nathan) Adamson; daughter, Kayla Smith; son, Zach Smith; and furry kids Josie, Abby and Kasey. He is "Papa Smiff" to six grandchildren, Sydney and Alexis Young, Amelia Adamson, Ruby Forbes-Hampton, Olivia and Logan Forbes. Also surviving is brother John L. Smith; sisters-in-law Peggy and Karen O'Neil; and special aunt, Shirley Hawn. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved best furry friend, Sherlock.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan., 13, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, with Pastor Mark Keyser of Ridgeview Baptist Church officiating. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the funeral home. Entombment will be at Sunset Memorial Park with military rites by American Legion Post 210.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the American Cancer Society or other charity of your choice. Please join Jack's family in sharing photos and memories on his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 10, 2017
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