Wright County


S/Sgt. Francis Marion Smalley


Hamilton County


Francis Marion ‘Marion’ Smalley was born Feb. 23, 1922 to John and Elsie Soop Smalley. He died July 27, 2004 and is buried in Graceland Cemetery, Webster City, IA.

Sgt. Smalley served with the U.S. Army during World War II in the European and African Theaters.

Obituary: Marion Smalley, 82, Webster City

Marion Smalley, 82, of Webster City, died Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at the Hamilton Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Foster Funeral & Cremation Center with Pastor Gerald Caquelin officiating. Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery with Graveside Military Rites conducted by the American Legion Post #191 of Webster City. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Francis Marion Smalley, son of John and Elsie Soop Smalley was born on Feb. 23, 1922 at Woolstock. He graduated from Woolstock High School in 1939. During WWII, he served as a Staff Sergeant with the U.S. Army in the European and African Theaters. On Nov. 9, 1948, he married Ethel Mae Wiener at Waterloo. The couple resided in Webster City. He was employed as a car salesman by Russ Cress Chevy & Olds, Baber Ford, Hight Olds and Chevy, Sandvig Motors and Richardson Motors all in Webster City, until his retirement in 1982. Mrs. Smalley died on Nov. 14, 1976.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Spencer Mickelseon of Duncombe, Connie and Mark McCollough of Eagle Grove, Jackie Caquelin of Webster City; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law, Beverly Baker of Webster City, Audrey and Don Thelke of Alden and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Bill Myers, Frank Smalley and Richard Smalley in infancy.

Mr. Smalley was a member of the Woolstock United Methodist Church, Webster City Moose Lodge #735 and the American Legion Post #191. He was a former member of the V.F.W. #5794 and the Webster City Elks. Marion loved watching golf, gardening and spending time with his family.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - July 28, 2004