Charles “Fred” F. Smith, 89, of Hoopeston, passed away at 12:56 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 at his home.
Fred was born on Sept. 6, 1924, in Hoopeston, the son of Louie and Irene (Mower) Smith. He married Violet “June” Shaw on April 14, 1950, in Hoopeston. She preceded him in death on April 20, 2011.
He is survived by two daughters, Kebby (Mike) Knake of Hoopeston and Keely (Bob) Bertoch of Brownsburg, Ind.; five step-grandchildren, Glenn, Jon, Renee, Matt and Dana; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Landy Smith; sister, Delores Dahlquist; and a nephew, Alfred Dahlquist.
Fred graduated from John Greer High School in 1942. He served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII and the Korean Conflict. During that time he was on the S.S. Hershey and was in Guam and Hiroshima.
Fred and June owned and operated the Up Town Lounge from 1955 to 1972. He later worked for Read Pontiac and Buick as a car salesman from 1972 to his retirement in 1990. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and a lifelong member of the American Legion Post 384.
Fred enjoyed gardening, playing euchre at the legion, pitching horseshoes and years ago he raised German short haired pointers and enjoyed taking them pheasant hunting. He also was known for his Friday night fish fries and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.
A Celebration of Fred’s life will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at the Brown-Alkire Funeral Chapel, with Steve Unger officiating. Burial will follow the service in Floral Hill Cemetery, with full military rites conducted by the American Legion Post 384. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made in Fred’s name to American Legion Post 384 or Iroquois Memorial Hospice. The family has entrusted the Brown-Alkire Funeral Chapel to assist them in honoring Fred’s life. Memories or photos may be shared on Fred’s memorial page at: www.blurtonfuneralhomes.com.