Harold L. Smith, 92, of Galva, died at 10:54 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2019, at his home. A funeral service was at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 5 at Rux Funeral Home, in Galva. The Rev. Randall Swanson officiated. A visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial was in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Messiah Lutheran Church or the Galva Senior Citizens Center.
He was born Jan. 17, 1927, in Galesburg, the son of Edwin and Edna (Ellickson) Smith. He married Ethel Marie Emken on Feb. 7, 1954, in Henderson Grove. She preceded in him death on Sept. 14, 2012.
Harold farmed with his wife for 20 years in the Galesburg and Galva area. He had also worked for the Galva School District. Harold operated a lawn mowing business with his wife and they had mowed lawns in the Galva area since 1980. He continued this following her death until earlier this spring. He had also been a craft vendor with his wife. Harold and his wife would make trips to Michigan and bring back peaches to sell to local customers. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and had held several positions on the church board and been the caretaker at the church for a number of years. He was also a member of the Galva Senior Citizens Center and had served on its board.
Survivors include his son, Roger (Deb) Smith, of Galva; four grandchildren, Jason Smith (Johanna Kremer), of Geneseo; Krystle Smith (Gereco Buckner), of Memphis, Tenn; and Darrious and Jatavius Smith; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Harvey Smith, of Galesburg; and several nieces and nephews. He also was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.