STEPHEN G. SMITH
Mr. Stephen G. Smith, 61, of Lima died at 12:58 a.m. Saturday (June 30, 2012) in his home.
Born February 14, 1951 in Pittsfield, IL, Steve was the son of Barbara Smith. He married Linda C. Hale on June 20, 1971 in Decatur, IL. She survives.
Steve enjoyed working outside mowing, planting flowers and landscaping around he and Linda's home. He also remodeled every home that he and Linda lived in as they moved through out his railroad career. He loved doing his own mechanic work, building computers for his family and raising Bichon Dogs. He especially loved the time he spent with his grandchildren, encouraging and giving direction in their lives.
He worked on the Norfolk-Southern Railroad in the Division Engineering Department from 1968 until 1998. He was responsible for lining out the product materials for tracks in his Division of over five states. He was also in charge of any train derailment in his division. He was nominated for man of the year by Norfolk-Southern Railroad in 1984 and was honored by Norfolk-Southern upon his retirement. He then worked for the Terminal Railroad in St. Louis, MO for 9 years until retiring in 2008. He was a member of the Attica Ohio Masonic Lodge No. 367.
Survivors include his wife Linda and his grandchildren J.J. and Joey Barker both of Pittsfield, IL and a great grandchild Jackson Barker of Pittsfield; one sister Connie Lerch of Baylis, IL.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his mother Barbara Smith.
A celebration of Life and Remembrances will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. at the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with eulogies by friends and family. Burial will be in the Payson New Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Friday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 and Saturday morning until the time of services at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Blessing Cancer Center.