A. Leon Smith

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PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- A. Leon Smith, 88, of Pittsfield, died Friday (Jan. 17, 2014) in Corpus Christi Medical Bay Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Leon was born in Nebo on Aug. 12, 1925, a son of Wilmer and Cleda B. Crowder Smith. He married Kathryn "Kathy" C. Craig on May 2, 1981, in Pittsfield; she survives.

Leon was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II on the U.S. Bennett in the South Pacific. He owned A. Leon Smith Construction Co. for more than 50 years. Leon was very proud of the veterans' memorial at the Pike County Courthouse, which he designed and helped oversee the installation.

Leon was a member of Pittsfield Lodge 790 A.F. & A.M., Quincy Consistory, a 32nd degree Mason, Pittsfield American Legion Post 152, Pike County and Quincy Shriners, Ansar Shriners, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 420 and Pike County Steak Club. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, boating, reminiscing with friends over coffee and traveling.

He and Kathy enjoyed wintering in Florida and Texas for many winters.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy; a son, Phillip (Vera) Smith of Gonzales, La.; a daughter, Janet Smith of Corde Madera, Calif.; and by Craig Sperry of Rushville, David (Beth) Sperry of Maryville and Thomas Sperry of Roxana. Eight grandchildren survive, Matthew Smith, Jonathon Smith, Jason Sperry, Cory Sperry, Jack Sperry, Hope Sperry, Nathan Moreland and Shannon (Tara) Lancy. Eleven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ronald and Kenneth Smith; and a sister, Wilma Hoos.

SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield, with the Rev. Jon Kroeze conducting. Interment will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery with military honors accorded by Pittsfield American Legion Post 152 and military funeral honor guard.

VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in funeral home with Masonic services by Masonic Lodge 790 A.F. & A.M. at 6 p.m.

MEMORIALS: Methodist Church in Pittsfield, Shriners Hospital or Pittsfield Fire Department.

ARRANGEMENTS: Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield.

WEBSITE: www.nieburfh.com.

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Niebur Funeral Home - Pittsfield
530 West Adams
Pittsfield, IL 62363
(217) 285-5505
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Jan. 21 to Jan. 23, 2014
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