Obituaries

Wayne L. Smith

September 10, 1931 - August 22, 2019

Wayne L. Smith

Obituary

Wayne Lavern Smith, 87, of Belvidere, Illinois, passed away peacefully on August 22, 2019 in Belvidere. He was born on September 10, 1931 , the son of Rex and Ethel Smith in Emmitts, Iowa. Wayne graduated from Sherburn High School in Sherburn, Minnesota. He was employed as a manager with Chrysler from 1966 until his retirement in 1987. Upon retirement he worked as a school bus driver for the Boone County school district for 16 years. He served in the National Guard and was then picked up by the Army.

Wayne was a member of First United Methodist Church for many years. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Family Home Motor Coach Association. He was a huge Cubs fan. Wayne was an avid reader sometimes reading a couple of novels a week! He loved his family and grandchildren dearly. He played cards, camped, and often traveled to meet up with his extended family.

Wayne will be dearly missed by his daughter, Penny Lynn; his son, Perry Lee (Lorine); sisters, Shirley and Jeanie; grandchildren, Sarah Jean, Dustin Lee, Ashlee Ann Lorine, Levon Vern; and great grandchildren, Amber Rose, Taylor James, Sophia Lorine, and Jameson Caleb.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Wanda; and his parents.

A visitation will take place from 5- 7 p.m. Thursday, August 29, 2019 at First United Methodist Church, 610 Bonus Avenue, Belvidere, Illinois, 61008.  Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, August 30, 2019 at the church. Rev. Jim Bell will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations to the family. To light a candle or write a condolence, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.

Service Schedule

Thursday, August 29, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

First United Methodist Church

610 Bonus Avenue
Belvidere, IL 61065

A visitation will take place from 5- 7 p.m. Thursday, August 29, 2019 at First United Methodist Church, 610 Bonus Avenue, Belvidere, Illinois, 61008.

Friday, August 30, 2019
11:00 am

First United Methodist Church

610 Bonus Avenue
Belvidere, IL 61065

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, August 30, 2019 at the church.

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Sarah, Penny, Perry and families. I am sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. I just got home from San Antonio as my grandson graduated from basic training. I just read the obit today. Wayne and Wanda were a big part of our life when we lived. in Illinois. They always stopped on their way to Sherbern. May they both be happy they are together again with the Lord. Hugs to all of you, keep in touch!

Marge Jasinski 2019-09-02T10:07:28

Wayne was a very awesome man my heart goes out to all his family and friends RIP

Sheila Hendrickson 2019-08-31T18:20:30

Penny and Perry – I was sorry to read of your Dad’s passing. I have fond memories of babysitting you two in the subdivision. You were blessed to have such caring folks

Jan Lee Huff 2019-08-30T18:53:53

We are so sorry for your loss…. we will sure miss him!! Our thoughts and prayers are with u all! Soar High Wayne … Rest in Peace!

Bill and Jesica Kalas 2019-08-29T22:01:14

Please accept my condolence on the passing of a genuinely fine man. Wayne was my foreman at Chrysler in the early seventies. Working for him was a privilege.

Ken Coonley 2019-08-28T10:22:34

I worked with Wayne at the Chrysler plant in Belvidere. We shared many good experiences and memories together. I am delighted that he had so many good years of retirement. I’m sure he will be missed by many friends and family. May God bless you all!

kenneth spaanem 2019-08-25T20:33:41

Wayne was a few years older than myself, I always looked up to him. His immediate family there has our thoughts and prayers with you all. And remember you have a lot of relatives here in Iowa and Minnesota.

Roger smith 2019-08-25T19:02:16

So sorry for your loss.. we will miss him

Rich Kelly lusz 2019-08-25T10:16:47

I love you Daddy my only peace through this pain is you dance in the heavens with mom.your daughter penny Lynn.

Penny Lynn smith 2019-08-25T06:06:50

so sorry for your loss

bob and pat doser 2019-08-24T23:51:52

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