Thomas L Smaha

July 7, 1937 - April 30, 2018

Thomas  L  Smaha


Thomas L Smaha, 80 of Belvidere, IL passed away peacefully after a lingering illness on Monday morning, April 30, 2018 in Swedish American Hospital,
Rockford, IL.  Thomas was born July 7, 1937 in Ravanna, NE the son of Levi and Ethel (Cottingham) Smaha.  He married Marilyn Niemoth on June 28, 1958 in Grand Island, NE. He graduated from Ravanna High School and the FBI Academy. He worked as the police chief of Grand Island, NE and also Moline, IL Thomas served his country in the US Navy. He was affiliated with Zion Lutheran Church in Belvidere. He enjoyed watching football, especially Northern Illinois and Nebraska. In his younger years, he enjoyed building balsa wood airplanes.

Thomas is survived by his wife Marilyn, of 60 years; sons, Randy(Cindy) Smaha, Daniel(Joan) Smaha; grandsons, Brandon Smaha, Marc (Laken) Smaha, Steven Smaha, Austin Smaha: and step-granddaughter, Jodi(Ben) Lee; Also survived by four great grandchildren; brothers, Jon (Barb) Smaha and Michael (Shao-Ming) Smaha; sister-in-law, Bonnie Smaha; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Kenneth.

Cremation rights have been accorded.

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Our sympathy to Marilyn and family on Tom’s passing. He will be missed!

Jim and Barb Patrick

Jim Patrick 2018-07-18T14:54:19

So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Family and friends will be there for you at this time. Linda 😢

Linda Sturges 2018-05-04T07:00:37

Marilyn,Randy,Dan—-You are in our thoughts and prayers–Will miss Tom–Wishing we could have seen him one more time—The pain of his loss will ease, but it takes time—Barb & Jon

Jon & Barb 2018-05-03T19:04:39

Marilyn, Randy, Dan…………Our hearts and prayers are with you. Will miss my oldest Brother. Happy trails to him. Micheal & Shao-ming

Micheal 2018-05-03T18:12:11

I’m so sorry to hear about Tom. My prayers go out to you and your family.
With deepest sympathy,

Rosie Sheridan 2018-05-03T13:27:14

Our sympathy to Marilyn and her family. Since we first met several years ago, it has been great getting to know you and your family. Prayers for all. Harold and Dolores

Dolores Goeddeke 2018-05-03T11:39:44


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