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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, January 26, 1989

OBITUARY ~ STANLEY E. SMITH

Services for Stanley E. SMITH, 59, of 1122 1st Street, Coal Valley, Illinois, were at 1:30 Saturday, January 13, at Trimble Funeral Home, Coal Valley. Burial was in Coal Valley Cemetery.

Stan died suddenly at his home Wednesday morning, January 11 [1989].

He was born February 5, 1929 in Fulton, Missouri, son of Hayden and Naomi SMITH. He married Sue Ann TAYLOR October 4, 1951, in Mount Ayr.

Stan worked at the County Engineer's Office following his graduation from Mount Ayr High School with the Class of 1947.

He joined the United States Army and served from 1950-1955.

Stan graduated from Iowa State University, Ames, and earned his master's degree from the University of iowa, Iowa City. He was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Association, a National Engineering Honor Society.

Following graduation he worked for McDonnel-Douglas at Los Angeles, California, and then at Cape Kennedy, Florida. He had worked at the Rock Island Arsenal since 1969. He currently was systems manager for the M-199 Howitzier and chief of the Artillery Ship gun Munitions Division of Weapons Systems Management of the Army munitions and Chemical Command.

He was a devoted family man, a faithful and loving husband and father, and his spare time was spent enjoying his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Ann; daughter, Debra S. PIERCE, Illinois City, Illinois; daughter Cathy C. and husband Randy LAMBERT of Morris, Illinois; sons, Michael E. and wife Shirley, and Mitchell L. and wife, Julie, all of Moline, Illinois; seven grandchildren, Suzie and Tommy PIERCE, Alan, Jeff and Andy SMITH and Joshua and Brian SMITH; sisters, Donna GREIMANN and Bettie PRUDDEN, both of Mount Ayr, and his aunt, Iva BARNHILL, of Clearview Nursing Home, who raised him from infancy.

A Tribute To A True Friend
by Bud and Rose Boens, neighbors

There are few of us blessed with the friendship of a man like Stan SMITH; a friendship we will always be grateful for having known.

Stan was a quiet man, and perhaps not the easiest person to become acquainted with, but a "true blue" friend once you gained his confidence and became his friend.

There were times we would be awakened in the wee hours of the morning on a stormy winter's night to find Stan out in the mot bitter cold with the wind blowing and the snow drifting, cleaning the drift from our driveway with his old Ford tractor. Then he would return around 6:00 A.M. and clean it again, making certain his friend could leave for work, before he himself, would go to work.

Whenever we needed help with anything, we could call on Stan, and he would come over, dropping whatever he may have een doing in order to help. We even learned later, he came at times when not feeling well, because he kept that knowledge from us at the time.

Yes, we will miss the visits outside when spring makes it appearance and cherish the memories of thse shared in the past. His telling us one time about the 80,000,000 weeds he was fighting in his strawberry patch that amused me so much and became a standing joke that aforded us many laughs over the years, is another memory destined to live on with us.

Even though Stan was a well educated man who held a responsible position, we were never made to feel uneasy or beneath him in conversaion or status. He and Bud had a wonderful rapport, and could spend hours visiting about the most insignificant of subjects, often reliving the days of their youth spent growing up as farm boys.

Having known friendship such as this, makes parting with Stan so difficult, and we find ourselves asking "why" when life ends so abruptly. For each of us, life must come to a close, and from speaking with Sue, I've learned what a beautiful outlook she has about this. She told me it was Stan's wish to go in his sleep, and God granted him that wish.

The memories we have will linger, and we known how many pleasant ones he has left his family, for he was a dedicated family man who spent much of his spare time with his children and grandchildren.

He was not merely a generous man materially speaking, but he gave so much of himself to those he loved, as well as to those be befriended.

Stan SMITH was the epitome of a "true friend". He helped, he shared and he cared!

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2012

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