---- — DANVILLE – John Raymond Smith, 87, entered the presence of his Lord and Savior on Thursday morning, April 10, 2014. He passed away at the North Logan Health Center, where he was a resident since last fall.
John was born April 22, 1926, to John Herbert and Emma Ingram Smith in Vermilion County.
He married Meredith Jean Douglas on Dec. 1, 1945.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Howard L. Smith and Larry Richard Smith; one sister, Mary Ann Astell; daughter, Shelby Jean Baggett; grandson Douglas W. Mason.
Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Meredith J. Smith of Bismarck; three daughters, Garnet (John) Hauger of Spring Arbor, Mich., Debra (Wayne) Mason of Danville, and Gina (Kenneth) Anderson of Paducah, Ky.; and one son, John Ralph (Lucy) Smith of Bismarck. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
John was a lifelong resident of Vermilion County and farmed land just east of Bismarck. He, his father and two brothers also ran a dairy for many years and sold milk through Producer’s Dairy. He loved farming and living the life of a farmer.
Besides being a loving husband and father, John was a strongly spiritual man with a personal relationship of long standing with His Lord and Savior. He also had close ties to his church, Abundant Life Tabernacle, where he was a member and attended for over 64 years, serving as secretary and treasurer until he was 85 years of age.
He will be sorely missed by family and friends until we are able to meet him and other loved ones on the other shore.
A service to celebrate the life of John will begin at 3 p.m. Monday, April 14, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville, with Pastor James Ford officiating. A visitation will be 1-3 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will take place at Walnut Corner Cemetery, Bismarck.
Memorials can be made in his name to the Illinois Special Olympics. Please join John’s family in sharing photos, videos and memories of his life through his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.