Gerald D. Smith, 69, of 411 Hickory Point 6, went to sleep with his Savior Monday (March 18, 2013) in Blessing Hospital. He was born July 25, 1943, in Ripley, a son of Harold and Margaret Ellen Hall Smith. He married Sheila Galligan on July 31, 1964, in Berlin, Mass. She survives. Gerald served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He is a member of St. Francis Catholic Church. He was active in the Quincy Cursillo Movement. He also volunteered for the REC (Residents Encounter Christ) program in the Missouri prison system. Gerald had many hobbies throughout his life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and raising dogs in his early years. He enjoyed spending time on the river, where he taught his family and many of his children's friends to water ski. He loved solving puzzles and always had one in progress. His newest hobby was making jewelry. Most of all, Gerald enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren who were the love of his life. In addition to his wife, Sheila, he is survived by two children, Robert "Bob" Smith and his wife, Kristi, of O'Fallon and Debra Beard and her husband, Tim, of Quincy; four grandchildren, Mackenzie Smith, Amber Smith, Brexton Beard and Delaney Beard; four sisters, Shirley Llewellyn and her husband, Don, Betty Ann Allen, Linda Cady and her husband, Marvin, and Sandra Yelliott and her husband, Roger; an aunt, Ruth Hall, of Springfield; and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Wayne Smith. SERVICES: 10 a.m. Saturday in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery at a later date. VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. MEMORIALS: St. Francis Parish Building Fund. ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home. WEBSITE: www.dukerandhaugh.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Mar. 21 to Mar. 23, 2013