WALNUT – Ellis S. Smith, 89, of Walnut, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa.
Ellis was born March 14, 1925, in Kirksville, Mo, the son of Floyd and Eva Mae Shelton. He was united in marriage to Rose Marie Smith on Nov. 23, 1950, in Kirksville. She preceded him in death on Feb. 11, 2004. Ellis served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He attended Kirksville State Teachers College and majored in agriculture. He was employed as a salesman for Mid-South Chemical Co. for many years, and by Stamm Manufacturing in Watseka. He was a member of Red Oak United Methodist Church in Walnut and Walnut American Legion Post 179. Ellis enjoyed dancing, singing, and flying. He also enjoyed his friendship with the bridge club for many years.
He is survived by four sons, Brian Smith and Kevin Smith, both of Walnut, Dennis (Laurel) Smith of Fairfax, Va., and David (Janet) Smith of Walnut,; four daughters, Ellison Elaine (Primo) Custodio of Chatsworth, Calif., Gina (Jim) Wilkinson of Mount Carroll, Ellen (Paul) Brousseau of Walnut, and Patricia (Lee) Jackson of Bellevue, Iowa; 24 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Eldon (Nora) Smith of Palm Springs, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He also was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Lawrence; and one daughter-in-law, Pam.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., with the rosary recited at 7 p.m., today at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The funeral will be at noon Saturday at Red Oak United Methodist Church in Walnut, with the Rev. Judy Giese, pastor, officiating. Burial, with military honors accorded by the Walnut American Legion, will be at Walnut Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
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