Sam Smith, age 73, of Marion, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 6:18 p.m. in Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.
Sam was born on October 7, 1946 in Marion to Stanley and Wanda (Jones) Smith. He married Jane Woodruff on Valentine’s Day, 1969 and she survives.
Sam served his country proudly in the U.S. Army. He retired from the City of Marion with his last 27 ½ years working for the Marion Police Department. After retirement, he worked as a funeral assistant at Blue Funeral Home. Sam enjoyed attending Whiteash Freewill Baptist Church and loved going to Fort Walton Beach, Florida and sitting on the beach spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife of fifty years, Jane Smith; his daughter, Kristal Rush and husband Tim; two grandsons, Jason Rush and Zachary Rush; his sister, Barbara Mayfield; brother-in-law, Bill Jager, Sr.; his nephews, Bill Jager, Jr., Mark Jager and Cody Mayfield; his niece, Suzie Roth; and his baby boy, “Boo.”
A memorial service will be held at Blue Funeral Home in Marion on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Andy Lee officiating. Military Rites will be performed by the Marion VFW and American Legion posts with assistance from the National Guard.
Visitation will be at Blue Funeral Home on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
For those who prefer, memorials may be made to the Whiteash Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund and will be accepted at the funeral home.
For more information or to sign the memorial guest registry online, please visit www.bluefuneralhome.com.