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Dewey Junior Smith - 1926-2014


Dewey Junior Smith age 87 passed away June 1, 2014 at his home in Maryville, Mo.

Dewey was born, Aug. 23, 1926, to Dewey and Grace Smith, of Berryville, Ill. He stayed in the Berryville area marrying his first wife Margaret Strine in 1945 until her passing in 1952. Dewey and Shirley Ann Strockbine were married on July 4, 1953 in Oreo, Ill. In 1955 they left the farm and moved to Indiana. In 1969 they moved to Alaska where they lived until returning to West Salem in 2006, finally moving to Maryville, Mo. in the fall of 2013.

After leaving the farm Smith was a self-employed contractor specializing in light commercial and home construction. He also had a custom cabinet shop and enjoyed fine furniture making.

Smith served his country in the United States Navy aboard the USS Keokuk in the Pacific from 1944-45. He was involved in four invasions including Iwo Jima. In 1945 he was injured and awarded the Purple Heart. While he was recuperating from his injuries he earned his high school diploma courtesy of the Navy. Dewey was a member of the West Salem, Illinois American Legion Post #658.

Preceding Smith in death were his parents, first wife Margaret Smith and brother Russell Smith.

He is survived by his wife Shirley Ann; sons Ronald Smith and Susan of Angola, Ind.; Jerry and Elya Smith of Eagle River, Alaska; Scott and Glenda Smith of Maryville, Mo.; and Daughter Lori and Mike Flynn of Anchorage; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two Brothers: Lowell and Ruth Smith of West Salem, Ill.; Tom and Eleanor Smith of St. Louis, Mo.; 2 Sisters: Pluma Litherland of West Salem, Ill. and Lela Williams of Mount Pleasant, Mich.

At his request there will be no services in Maryville, Mo. A military graveside memorial service will be at 10 a.m., June 18, at Highland Memorial, Mount Carmel, Ill.


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