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Harold O. Smith

December 1, 1923 ~ February 18, 2013 (age 89)
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     On February 18, 2013, the Lord called home our beloved, Dad, Grandpa and Brother, Harold O. Smith, where he was reunited with his wife, Vivian, and brothers, Edward and Joseph.

   Born December 1, 1923 in Quincy, Harold was the son of Jesse O. and Florence Lillian Tunis Smith. On July 6, 1938 Harold married the love of his life, Vivian K. Kurfman in East St. Louis, Illinois. She preceded him in death on April 8, 2003.

   Mr. Smith served his country in the U. S. Army, Chemical Warfare Division, 64th Chemical Company, 94th Chemical Mortar Batallion during WW II, serving in England and seeing action in the Battle of the Bulge.

   An avid outdoorsman, Harold loved fishing and hunting, especially deer, turkey and coon. He was a member of the South Side Boat Club and the Mississippi Valley Hunters and Fisherman Association. Devoted to his family, Harold's greatest joy in life was spending time with his children and grandchildren. His only regret was that he wasn't able to share those memories with his wife, Vivian.

   Harold was employed for over 20 years at the International Shoe Factory and later at Churchill Truck Lines until his retirement.

   Survivors include two daughters, Susan Tobias (Keenan) of Palmyra, MO and Dena Coffey of Quincy; a sister, Ruby Pracht; eight grandchildren, Sean Fischer, Keegan James (John), Jessica Schuette (fiance' Cray Scott), Jason Schuette (Kelsey), Natasha Brown, Bianca Brown, Dakota Jacks and Jesse Kindhart; ten great grandchildren, Todd Gooding, Noah James, Aieress James, Lethan Schuette, Lanee Schuette, Brayln Scott, Deakon Schuette, Lilly Schuette, Gavin Fischer and Gage Fischer;and many loving nieces and nephews.

   Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Vivian; two brothers, Edward Smith and Joseph Smith; a brother in law, Melvin Pracht; and two sisters in law, Pauline Smith and Norma Smith.

   Harold's family would like to extend their Thanks and Appreciation to the staff of Blessing Hospice and Good Samaritan Home, especially the staff of Eber Garden, for the love and care they gave to Harold during his stay.

   Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home by the Rev. Henry Pratt.  Burial with Military Honors by Quincy American Legion Post 37 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail will be in Graceland Cemetery.

   Visitation will be Friday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 and Saturday morning until the time of services at the funeral home.

   Memorials may be made to the Blessing Foundation for Hospice.
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