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Creston News-Advertiser
Creston, Union County, Iowa
May 26, 1985

CECIL J. SMITH DIES - Diagonal

Cecil J. SMITH, 75, of Diagonal, died unexpectedly at his home Sunday morning, May 26, 1985. He was a retired farmer. He had lived all but five years in Ringgold County.

Mr. SMITH was born Aug. 9, 1909, at Downs, Kansas, the son of John and Blanche (HAMMOND) SMITH. On Sept. 10, 1936, he married Vesta KELLER in Mount Ayr.

He is survived by his wife, Vesta; five sons, Cecil, Jerry and Gary SMITH, all of Diagonal, Richard of Winter Haven, Calif., and John SMITH of Bellington, Wash.; five daughters, Betty WATTS, Irene COVERDELL, Barbara STRANGE and Roxie FLETCHER, all of Diagonal, and Phyllis CREEGEN of Rockford, Ill.; 24 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary LYDDON of Clearfield and Violet REFSLAND of Knights Landing, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents, twin sons Dee and Lee, and one grandson, Kenny CARSON.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the United Church of Diagonal with the Rev. Tricia KOENING officiating. Burial was at Knowlton [Centenary] Cemetery with the Wilson-Watson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

A memorial has been established to the family.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2010

Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
May 1985

CECIL J. SMITH

Cecil J. SMITH, 75, of Diagonal, died unexpectedly at his home Sunday morning, May 26, 1985.

Mr. SMITH was born to John and Blanche (nee HAMMOND) SMITH. On Sept. 10, 1936, he was married to Vesta KELLER in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Mr. SMITH was a retired farmer. He moved to Ringgold County at an early age and spent all but five years here.

Surviviors include his wife, Vesta; five sons, Cecil, Jerry and Gary SMITH, all of Diagonal, Richard of Winterhaven, Calif. and John of Bellington, Wash.; five daughters, Betty WATTS, Irene (Mrs. Jim) COVERDELL, Barbara (Mrs. Bob) STRANGE and Roxie (Mrs. Charles) FLETCHALL, all of Diagonal, and Phyllis (Mrs. Dale) CREGEEN of Rockford, Ill. There are also 24 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary LYDDON of Clearfield and Violet REPLAND of Knightslanding, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents, twin sons and one grandson, Kenny CARSON; also four sisters and four brothers.

His funeral was held at the United Church of Diagonal, Diagonal, Iowa, on Tuesday, May 28, 1985. Rev. Tricia DYKERS-KOENIg officiated. Musica was by Mrs. Claire NEWTON, Mrs. Richard TAYLOR and Mrs. Jack TAYLOR. Casketbearers were Scott YOUNG, R. A. BEYMER, A. J. KESSLER, Robert SCHAEFER and Paul VANDERPLUYM. Burial was in the Knowlton Cemetery. Wilson-Watson were in charge of arrangements.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2012

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