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Merle A. Smith Sr.

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

DIXON – Merle A. Smith Sr., 92, of Dixon, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Dixon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. He worked at the state Department of Transportation for many years before retiring.

Merle was born Jan. 7, 1922, in Nelson, the son of Harry and Florence (Miller) Smith. He served in the Army during World War II. He married Rita Wilson on April 7, 1946, in Dixon. She preceded him in death on Nov. 7, 2009.

Survivors include one son, Merle A. (Carol) Smith Jr.; three daughters, Sandra (John) Wagner, Linda Acree, and Roxanne (James) Wiseman; one brother, Harry (Virginia) Smith; two sisters, Stella Grobe and Ada Sheppard; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He also was preceded in death by his parents and a brother in infancy.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Private family services will be at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.

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