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John William Smith Jr. age 83, formerly of McLeansboro, Illinois and Mascoutah, Illinois, passed away at 4:55 am on Friday, July 29th, 2016 in Hillsboro, Oregon.
John William Smith Jr. was born on September 18th, 1932 in Dale, Illinois to his parents John William Smith & Edith (McGill) Smith.
He owned and operated a sewing machine sales & repair business, and was a school bus driver for 25 years with the Mascoutah School District. He was also a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by both parents John William Smith & Edith (McGill) Smith, and a brother Robert Smith.
He is survived by his wife Frances Smith of Hillsboro, Oregon; a daughter Karleen Smith of Hillsboro, Oregon; a son Jay William (wife Cindy) Smith of Houston, Texas; 8 grandchildren: Jay William Bill Smith II, Anantasia Cantu, Nathaniel Cantu, Christina Cantu, Jennifer Windham, Michael Schmidt, Jeanie Allen, Jeffrey Allen; and several great grand children also survive.
Graveside services for John William Smith Jr. will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 at Smith Cemetery near Dale, Illinois with Rev. Robert Sefried officiating.
Visitation will be from 11:00 am Wednesday until the time of service at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.
Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post #106 and the Honor Guard from Marion, Illinois.
The Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of the arrangements.
Published on August 1, 2016
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