Don Gordon Smith
Don Gordon Smith, 84, of rural Bushnell, died Aug. 18, 2009, at The Elms, Macomb.
He was born Nov. 17, 1924, on the farm northwest of Bushnell where he lived his entire life, to E. Leland and Doris L. (Albrecht) Smith. He married Carolyn Chain on Feb. 15, 1947, in Bushnell. She died in 2000.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother and his grandson Patrick Duncan.
He is survived by his son, John P. “Jack” (Carol) Smith, Bushnell; two daughters, Barbara (Roy) Moore, Nason, and Ellen (John McQuown) Smith, Springfield; grandchildren and great-grandchildren include: Ginger (Neil) Camp and Jocelyn, rural Avon, Laura (Bill Lewallen) Crandall and Zada, Bushnell; Katie (Karl) Sanderson and Wyatt and Ian, West Jordan, Utah; Tim (Stacy) Duncan and Jackson, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; Brian (Stacey) Wiseman and Max, Knoxville, Tenn.; and Martha Wiseman (Danny) Bartlett, Cumming, Ga; and two cousins, Sara Beth K. (Harry) Wilkinson, Houston, Texas, and Clarene (Eddie) Simpson, Macomb.
He graduated from Bushnell High School in 1942. He attended Iowa State University before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in April 1943. He attended basic training at Camp Pendleton, Calif., before shipping out to the South Pacific Theater of WWII where he participated as a radio operator in several engagements with the 3rd Marine Division, including Guam, the Marianas Islands and was in Nagasaki as part of the Marine occupation after the Japanese surrender. He was a corporal when honorably discharged in 1946. He recalled to active duty at Camp LeJeune, N.C., in 1950 and served six months during the Korean Conflict.
After his Marine service, he devoted his life to farming the family farms until retiring several years ago. He was a descendant of the Oblander brothers who settled in Bushnell in the early 1860s and of Herman George who bought and settled land in Walnut Grove township in 1861, some of which Don was still farming. He lived on the farm started by his grandfather David Smith almost 100 years ago.
He was a member of the VFW, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Bushnell Presbyterian Church. He loved to fly and traveled regularly in his Cessna 172 to Cherokee Village, Ark., and other destinations. He played bridge for many years with his good friends in Bushnell. He enjoyed golf, travel, bird watching, and his ferocious terrier Teddy.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, at Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, Bushnell, with the Revs. Elissa Jay and Jesse Pestle officiating.
There will be no visitation.
Burial will follow at the Bushnell Mausoleum where military rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to the Bushnell Rescue Squad, the Bushnell Presbyterian Church or the Salvation Army.