Merle F. Smith

September 26, 1924 - September 26, 2013
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Mr. Merle F. Smith

Merle F. Smith, 89, of Harvard, died Thursday, September 26, 2013 on the family farm following a lingering illness. He was born September 26, 1924 in Capron, Illinois; the son of Floyd A. and Margaret A.E. (Jurgens) Smith. Merle graduated from Capron High School in 1943. He was married to Vivian Armbruster in Belvidere, IL on November 12, 1949. He was a Dairy Farmer. Merle was a member of St. John Church of Christ of Belvidere and the Harvard Moose Club. In his spare time, he enjoyed dancing, playing cards and mowing. He is survived by his wife, Vivian, of Harvard; three children, Dona (Darryll) Russell, of Byron, IL; Wayne (Elaine) Smith, Sharon, WI; Dale (Connie) Smith, of Harvard. Eight grandchildren, Angela (Jason) Nicol, Brian Russell, Ryan Russell; Kristina (Christopher) Nacke, Stephanie Smith, Shawna Smith, Crystal (Brace) Weeks and Ashley (Wesley) Firlick; eight great-grandchildren, Elyanna and Paxton Nicol; Jeremiah Russell; Brookelynn and Katelynn Weeks; Conner, Olivia and Avery Firlick; three siblings, Ruth McKiski, Earl (Fran) Smith and Verna (Harvey) Gahl. Merle was preceded in death parents and brother Lyle.

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Funeral Services 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 1, 2013 in Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home 218 W. Hurlbut Av. Belvidere, IL. The Rev. Muriel Morley Jahn, Pastor of St. John United Church of Christ, officiating. Burial in Highland Garden of Memories. Visitation 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.


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Born: September 26, 1924
Died: September 26, 2013

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Charles Weeks posted on 9/27/13

So sorry for the loss to your family. I will miss seeing him at the family gatherings.


Jennifer Huber posted on 9/27/13

Wayne, Elaine, Kristina, Stephanie, and Shawna - I am so sorry for your loss. May God give you strength and patience. May you be comforted by the many memories. Jenni


Wayne & Debra Hall posted on 9/30/13

So sorry for the loss of your husband, father & grandfather. Your memories of him will bring you laughter and joy in the days ahead.


carol and gunnar berglund posted on 9/30/13

so sorry to hear of your loss


Jerry Damron posted on 5/2/14

I was saddened to learn of Merle's passing. I grew up across the street and drew a ton of my character from my life experience on the Smith farm. I still tell my kids about watching Merle fall asleep at the table after breakfast into his oatmeal. As a kid I absolutely felt like the entire Smith family was my second sorry for you all. I was fortunate enough to have known him and you all. Jerry Damron San Luis Obispo, Ca