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Jack Smith, 73, of Danville, passed away at his home with family by his side on Sunday, April 16, 2017.
Jack was born the son of Howard and Hyla (Swartz) Smith on Feb. 3, 1944, in Danville.
Jack married Linda Dines on Jan. 25, 1964. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Michelle (Mike) Ghibaudy and Kimberly (Greg) Johnson; four grandchildren, Ryan (Samantha) Ghibaudy, Clayton (his fiancée, Destiny Stevens) Hall, Madison Smith and Trace (Sarah) Johnson; two great-grandchildren, Carter and Chloe Ghibaudy; one brother, Kenneth (Linda) Smith; one brother-in-law, Henry (Teresa) Clapp Jr.; six sisters-in-law, Sandy (Larry) Steinbaugh, Carolyn Pichon, Sue, Evelyn, Rosemary and Donna Dines.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Dana Lynn Smith; one brother, Gene (Judy) Smith; his parents-in-law, Ralph and Ercel Dines; brothers-in-law, John William, Ralph, Max, Larry, Donald and Ronald; and three sisters-in-law, Ruth, Barbara and Beverly.
Jack grew up on a farm east of Bismarck. He graduated from Bismarck High School in 1962, and was a member of its first football team.
He worked in the forestry department at Ameren, retiring with 30-plus years of service.
Jack enjoyed building furniture for his family in his woodworking shop. He loved gardening, watching the History Channel's "How It's Made" and Illini sporting events on TV.
Jack loved to watch his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids in all the events they were involved in. He also enjoyed playing solitaire on his cell phone even up to the end of his life.
Jack was a member of Faith Church of Christ where he had many roles. He played the piano for 35 years, was a Deacon, a Trustee, Sunday School teacher, built the kitchen cabinets, the wooden cross at the church and the communion table. Jack also previously served on the Bismarck Fire Department as a volunteer. He was a member of the IBEW51 and served as their treasurer as well.
Jack enjoyed breakfast with his Ameren buddies, Amos Woodrum, Brian Moews, Ron Mockbee and Gene Harmless. Jack left one piece of furniture and he instructed Samantha on how to finish it.
Jacks family wishes to give a special thanks to friends and neighbors who have helped the last two years, Brad and Barbie Moews, Brian Moews, Gene Harmless, Ron Mockbee and Bob and Glenda Bennett and also to Transition Hospice for the great care of Jack during his illness.
A celebration of Jack's life will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 20, at Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville, with pastor Bill Carpenter officiating. Burial will follow at Gundy Cemetery. A visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made in Jack's name to Faith Church of Christ, 3601 Quaker Lane, Danville IL. Please join Jack's family in sharing photos, videos and memories on his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
Published on April 17, 2017
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