Hillard Smith, 93, passed away at 9:00 P.M. on July 20, 2013 at Ashley Manor Care Center, where he and his wife were living.
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Visitation for Hillard will be at Davis Funeral Chapel from 6:00 until 8:00 o'clock on Tuesday evening, July 23rd. Funeral services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Lone Elm at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday the 24th, with Pastor Paul Weisenborn officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Hillard was born August 31, 1919, in Boonville, MO. He was baptized September 28, 1919. He was a farmer who worked the family farm in Lone Elm, picking up additional jobs to help supplement the family income. He later formed a partnership with John Ed Derendinger as Derendinger and Smith Auctioneers who specialized in farm sales, liquidations, general auctioneering and appraisals in the Boonslick area. He had sold insurance for the Clark's Fork Mutual Insurance for many years. He was a very active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Lone Elm.
When WWII broke out, Hillard left home for the first time to join the Army and served in the Signal Corps. He received five silver stars and the good conduct medals for serving in Normandy, Rhineland, central Europe, northern France and Ardennes. After the war Hillard returned home to help with the family farm. He married Helen Schwartz on January 5, 1946 and they are the parents of three children.
Hillard Smith was preceded in death by his parents George and Viola Smith; and his sisters Myrtle Weddle, Verna Hoerl and Norma Crain. He is survived by his wife Helen Smith; their daughter, Colleen Virginia and her husband Clarence Eisberg of Merced California; a son, Gregory George and his wife Cynthia Meyer Smith of Marceline Missouri, and a daughter Avanell Ann and her husband Robert Hitchcock of Simi Valley, California. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Ryan and Aaron Eisberg, Miranda Smith, and Matthew and Megan Hitchcock. He is also survived by five great grandchildren, Sydney, Regan, Caleb, Ella and Henry Eisberg.
In lieu of flowers the family respectfully request that memorials be directed to the Zion Lutheran School or the Ladies' Aid.
Davis Funeral Chapel Inc
1397 W Ashley Rd
Boonville, MO 65233
Published in Boonville Daily News from July 23 to July 31, 2013