Veteran-IntroBill Dayton Smith, 93, of Whitewater, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

He was born December 20, 1922 in Jackson, son of Jesse “Gad” and Tishie E. Seabaugh Smith.  He and Mildred Green were married June 10, 1944 in Pickett, Arkansas.

As a teenager, Bill joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC Camp) in Wentzville, Missouri.   He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps September 15, 1942 and was honorably discharged October 29, 1943.  He worked at the Jackson Shoe Factory and was transferred for a brief time to Chicago.  Upon his return to Jackson, he worked for the former Friedrich Sheet Metal in Jackson before beginning a 31 year career with Natural Gas Pipeline of America, retiring in 1986.  After retirement, Bill especially enjoyed raising cattle, making hay, and working on his farm.  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Jackson and a 50 year member of the Althenthal-Joerns American Legion Post # 158 in Jackson.

In addition to Mildred, his wife of 72 years, loving survivors include four children, Jean (Ray) Schweain of Jackson, Jim D. Smith of Durango, Colorado, Cindi (Ken) Kramer of Jackson, Roger (Stacey) Smith of Whitewater; 17 grandchildren, Kathie Zank, Kristi Thurman, Eric Schweain, Ryan Schweain, Geoff Smith, Greg Smith, Kelly Smith, Carmen Smith, Barrett Smith, Corey Smith, Andy Siebert, Patrick Siebert, Lindsay Sebaugh, Kendra Frentzel, Wade Kramer, Zachary Smith, and Kaitlyn Smith; 23 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Smith and a sister, Shirley Abernathy.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.  An American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the funeral home with the Rev. Lucas Clabaugh officiating.

Interment will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson with military honors.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to First Baptist Church or donor’s choice of Church or Charity.

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  2. Stephanie Harris-Siebert

    So very sorry to hear of this great loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. All my love, Steph.

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