CHAMPAIGN – Glen H. Smith Jr. passed away peacefully at 2:44 p.m. on Thursday (May 26, 2011) at Heartland Health Center, Champaign, with his family and minister at his bedside.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Savoy United Methodist Church, 3002 W. Old Church Road, Champaign.
"Smitty " was born Dec. 22, 1924, in Effingham, a son of Glen H. and Maude McCarty Smith. He married Lillie Hoeffliger on Sept. 11, 1948, in Vandalia. She passed away April 15, 2011.
Also surviving are one son, Kim (Suzy) Smith of Effingham; one daughter, Connie (Dale) McElroy of Champaign; three grandchildren, Bradley McElroy of Champaign, Dustin Smith of Effingham and Kelsey Smith of Orlando, Fla. He had two great-granddaughters, Cameron and Alison McElroy of Champaign, and two great-grandsons, Chase and Carter Henrickson of Mahomet, and one sister, Rosemary Percival of Effingham
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
Smitty served in the Navy during World War ll. Upon returning home to Effingham, he joined CIPS. His career spanned over 40 years, retiring as an area superintendent in Marion in 1987.
His favorite pastime was fishing. He particularly enjoyed fishing with friends and family and taking fishing trips to Wisconsin and Minnesota. He loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He enjoyed playing Santa Claus to children of all ages. He especially enjoyed visiting nursing homes and churches. He would also go to friends' houses for their children and grandchildren.
He had a lifetime interest in antiques, operating a shop with his wife in Tuscola for many years. He was also known for having a big auction every year at the Tuscola Community Building. He had been supplying Cracker Barrel Restaurant and chain for over 20 years.
He was an active member of the Savoy Methodist Church as well as the Methodist Church in the towns he called home during his lifetime. He was also a member of the Methodist Men and Masonic Lodge.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Savoy United Methodist Church.