Joe Smith, 96, of Macon, MO, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at the LaPlata Nursing Home in LaPlata, MO.
Joe was born in Sullivan County, MO, on June 3, 1916, the son of Roy Elmer and Ida Lee (Bundies) Smith. He was a 1936 graduate from Purdin High School. Joe and Grace Eileen “Polly” Haynes were married on August 30, 1940, in Chillicothe, MO.
Joe is survived by one son, Larry Joe Smith and his wife Renate of Kirksville, MO, two daughters, Lana Joy Girando and her husband Thomas of Chicago, IL, and Lynne Kay Smith and her partner Michael Houston of Louisville, KY, two grandchildren, Rollo Girando of Los Angeles, CA, and Barbara (Smith) Bannister and her husband Tony of Columbia, MO, two great-grandchildren, Emma and Anna Bannister of Columbia, MO, one brother, Ray Smith and his wife Jane of Columbia, MO, one sister, Corrine Almond of Brookfield, MO, and a sister-in-law, Peggy Waits of St. Joseph, MO.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three brothers, Earl, Robert, and Roy, and two sisters, Frances Flynn and Mary Bohannon.
Joe worked for 31 years for MO-OX (Missouri Oxygen) in Macon before retiring. He also shuttled cars for Bickhaus Motors for several years. Previously, like many other Americans, Joe worked at a wide variety of jobs, including his parents’ country store in Shafter, MO, driving a school bus, working for the railroad, and driving for Churchill Trucking. During the Great Depression Joe hitchhiked out west seeking work, eventually riding the rails back to Missouri. He was a Boy Scout Leader, Little League Coach and a member of the Macon Elks Lodge for 46 years. His passions were playing country baseball, and later watching the St. Louis Cardinals (win or lose), and bowling.
Funeral services will be 1:30 pm, Saturday, January 19, 2013, at the Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Macon. Burial will be in the Wheeling Cemetery in Wheeling, MO. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until the time of service on Saturday. The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.
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