John Rhys Smee passed away on Wednesday evening, Jan. 9, 2013. He now joins his greatest companion, Ruca.
John Rhys was only 34 but lived an adventurous life that took him up and down the East Coast all the way to Germany, where he served in the U.S. Air Force
in Germany, specializing in K-9 training. Working with dogs was one of his greatest passions. He volunteered for animal shelters wherever he went, including the Humane Society and locally for Blue Chip Animal Refuge. He was most recently involved with dog rescues and helped transport unwanted dogs to loving new homes. He was always game for a road trip.
John Rhys had a huge heart and made sure if you were around him, you were laughing.
He is loved and will be missed by his mom, Lori Russell; his sisters, Keri and Nicole; and his dad, John V. Smee, his Jess as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and all of the animals whose lives he made much brighter.
The funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at Edwards and Russin Funeral Home, 717 Main St., Edwardsville, with Roger Hager officiating. Interment will be private. Family and friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
In honor of John Rhys, please help to continually donate either your time or money to your local animal shelters. PEACE OUT.