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Obituaries

June 3, 2013

John R. “Bud” Smith

DANVILLE — John R. “Bud” Smith, 83, of Danville, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013, at home surrounded by his wife and children.

Mr. Smith was born May 3, 1930, in Danville, a son of John and Hazel (Luttrull) Smith.

On Nov. 4, 1950, he married Margaret Pierce.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; his two children, Patricia (Steve) Gorman of LaGrange, Ill., and John (Lori) Smith of Danville; grandchildren, Amanda, Bere, Michael, Amber, Elizabeth and Whitney; three great-grandchildren; siblings Rosemary, Ruth, Jerry, Chuck, Dee Dee and Camille; and several nieces and nephews.

“Bud” went on to join the U.S. Army in 1947 to 1949, where he qualified as an MKM M-1 Rifle Expert Infantryman.

John worked at General Motors from 1952 to 1960 then for Hahne & Co. for over 30 years, as well as Harrison Park Golf Course for 15 years.

He loved managing Little League Baseball, fishing, bowling, golfing, listening to music, singing, having coffee with friends at McDonalds, being an accomplished square dance caller and spending time with his family.

John was a member of American Legion Post 210 Drum and Bugle Corps as well as BPOE 332. He attended Danville United Church of Christ.

Services will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Sunset Cemetery Chapel in Danville with Pastor Jimmy Hopper officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 210.

Memorials may be made to Carle Hospice. Rortvedt Funeral Services and Crematory in Tilton is assisting the family with arrangements.

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