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John Galen Smith
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Birth: Sep. 1, 1925
Clarke County
Iowa, USA
Death: Nov. 25, 2012
Clarke County
Iowa, USA

John Galen Smith, son of Milo Smith and Ida (Driver) Smith, was born in Clarke County, Iowa, September 1, 1925, and passed from this life Sunday, November 25, 2012, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola, Iowa, at the age of 87 years.

John attended schools in Clarke County and served in the Army in 1945 and 1946 with the armed forces in the Pacific. He married Lola June Mateer in 1950 and the couple lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, briefly. They were blessed with four children, Eric Donavon, Karen Kay, Rowena June and Becky Jean. Lola passed away in 1964.

John worked in construction for Clayton Mateer for several years and later became a dozer operator for Clarke County from 1958 to 1988. When he retired from the county, he became employed by SIRWA for 10 years.

John was a member of the Osceola Christian Church, Herndon-Oehlert VFW Post #157 in Woodburn and the Osceola AmVets. Some of his pastimes were fishing, gardening, a good game of cards and cribbage, spending time with family, and family reunions.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Milo and Ida; wife, Lola; brother, Russell Smith; sisters, Florence Smith, Shirley Smith and Mary White; brother, Victor Smith; brothers-in-law, Clyde Bowlsby; Lyle Pfander; Milton Reynolds; Albert White; sisters-in-law, Ardelle (Paul) Smith; Dorothy (William) Smith; Charlotte Smith; father-in-law, Clayton Mateer; mother-in-law, Almarine (Hayes) Mateer; sisters-in-law, Maxine (Mateer) McCabe; Betty (Mateer) Townsend; Linda (Mateer) Patro and brother-in-law, Roy Mateer.

John is survived by his children, Eric (Deloris) Smith of Osceola, Karen (Ron) Day of Chariton, Rowena (Tommy) Cottrell of Osceola, Becky (Bill) Voris of Osceola; grandchildren, Derick (Nikki) Smith of Osceola, Troy (Joann) Smith of Ames, Krisinda (LeeJay) Wright of Woodburn, Samantha Day of Ames, Katina Day of Ames, Clint Cottrell of Osceola, Stephanie (Kevin) Moyer of West Des Moines, Jolene (Craig) Fields of Bettendorf, Michael (Samantha Morganroth) Voris of San Antonio, TX; step-sons, Jim Farlow, Randy Farlow, Jeff Reynolds and Rick Farlow; brothers, Paul Smith of Kellerton, William Smith of Woodburn, Donald Smith of Leon, and Kenneth Smith of Osceola; sisters, Virginia Pfander of Colorado, Dorothy Bowlsby of Osceola, Marjorie Reynolds of Osceola, Twyla (Francis) Mathis of New Providence, Lucy (Danny) Stubbs of Corydon; brothers-in-law, Sonny (Sue) Mateer, Larry (Tonya) Mateer and Wayne Patro; sister-in-law, Shirley (Swede) Hamilton; great grandchildren, Zachary, Spencer, Adalyn, Warren, Caleb, Connor, Claire and Kash and his dog, Lizzy.

Family links: 
  Milo Clifton Smith (1892 - 1981)
  Ida Pearl Driver Smith (1902 - 1983)
  Lola June Mateer Smith (1932 - 1964)
  Florence Pearl Smith (1921 - 1937)*
  Russell Milo Smith (1922 - 1944)*
  John Galen Smith (1925 - 2012)
  Mary Ida Smith White (1927 - 2012)*
  Victor Keith Smith (1928 - 2002)*
*Calculated relationship
Maple Hill Cemetery
Clarke County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Luci
Record added: Nov 28, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101400854
John Galen Smith
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John Galen Smith
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John Galen Smith
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