Dale S. “Smitty” Smith

Dale S. “Smitty” Smith, 88, of Galva, died at 2:40 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at the Toulon Health Care Center.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Tricia Chapman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29 at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Galva or the Toulon Health Care Center.

He was born Dec. 29, 1928 in Kewanee, the son of Francis and Lillian (Goff) Smith. He married Lois Erickson on July 4, 1947. The couple celebrated their 70-year anniversary by participating in the Galva Fourth of July parade with their family. 

He is survived by his wife Lois; four sons, Jerry (Donna) Smith and William “Bill” (Tammy) Smith, both of Galva, John (Therese) Smith of Manteno, and Bruce Smith (Carol Kitterman) of Galva; four daughters, Jean (John) Huff of Galesburg, Loretta (Mike) Lamb of Gays, Barbara (Ronald) Franklin of LaSalle and Mary Jane “Chick” Johnson (Fred Carlson)  of Sheffield; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Beverly (Curt) Myers of Auburn, Calif., Bonita “Bonnie” (Bruce) Montgomery of Weed, Calif. and Janet (Jim) Estep of Redwood City, Calif.; and a sister-in-law, Marsha Sanders of San Mateo, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dean Sanders.

Smitty graduated from Galva High School in 1947. He had worked at Sears in Kewanee until 1983 when the store closed. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. In earlier years, he coached Little League Baseball and was an avid bowler.  

He enjoyed watching all sports and gardening. He liked to walk and would look forward to visiting and getting an occasional hug from those along the way. He will be deeply missed by his family. 

This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.