WILBERT A. SMITH
Wilbert A. Smith, 90, of Kahoka, MO, passed away Monday, December 1, 2014 in his home.
Wilbert Arnold Smith was born June 16, 1924 in Glendale, CA, the son of Lester and Neva Arnold Smith.
On August 5, 1948, he was united in marriage to Janet Davis in Crown Point, Indiana. She preceded him in death on October 20, 2007.
Survivors include his children: Connie Smith Gutting of Kimberling City, MO; three sons, Randy and his wife, Karen, of Kahoka, MO, Alan and his wife, Debbie, of Luray, MO, and Roger and his wife, Brenda, of Harrison, AR; seven grandchildren: Trevor (Sherri) Gutting of Reed Springs, MO, Kelsey Smith Lesinski of O'Fallon, MO, Lindsey Smith (Ty) Roach of Mooresville, NC, Cody Smith of Kansas City, MO, Sean (Tayler) Smith of Wayland, MO, Tyler (Cheyenna) Smith and Miranda Smith, all of Harrison, AR; seven great-grandchildren: Wyatt and Kolten Gutting, Aiden Lesinski, and Evan, Shay, Ariana, and Dakota Smith; one brother, Carl (Mary) Smith of Atlana, IL; one sister, Twila (Steve) Wojcik of Hannibal, MO; a sister-in-law, June Wiley of Keosauqua, IA; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; brothers-in-law, Eldon Wendling, LeRoy Wright and Jim Wiley; sister-in-law, Ruth Wright; and a nephew, Glen Wendling.
Wilbert worked at Co-op delivering propane, the Clark County Sale Barn, and for Fruehauf in Ft. Madison. He served a brief time in the U.S. Navy.
He loved making items out of wood: furniture, birdhouses, flowerpots, and lawn ornaments. He raised cattle, sheep, hogs and horses on his farm in Medill, MO. When Janet retired they moved to Harrison, AR, and following her death he returned to Kahoka. He loved telling his grandsons about how much a gallon of propane or gas was back in the day, or how hard he worked to earn a dollar a day. He enjoyed spending time with his two Jack Russell terriers, Rocky and Judea. In the summer he loved to garden and plant flowers and trees.
Funeral services were held Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastor Shawn McAfee officiating. Burial followed in the Kahoka Cemetery.
Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Kahoka Senior Center.
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