Samuel H. "Sam" Smail, 84, of Farina, passed away at 9:35 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.
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Private family services will be held. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Lutheran Care Center in Altamont. Online condolences may be shared at www.hohltandfilefh.com.
Mr. Smail was born on Aug. 1, 1929, in Glendale, Ariz., the son of Harlan H. and Ethel M. Beck. He married Barbara J. Langley on April 10, 1954, in Pana.
He was a self-employed farmer who received several outstanding farming awards. He enjoyed farming, and also ran cattle and hog operations. He loved his horses, and even jockeyed in horse races with his horse Lucky #14. Sam was a kind man and was always helping others. He was loved deeply by his family and friends.
He served in the U.S. Navy Reserves; was affiliated with Farina Methodist Church; and was a member of Vandalia Jaycees, NFO (National Farmers Organization), Painted Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association and Masonic Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F. & A.M.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Debbie Warden of Farina; brother, Stanley Smail and his wife Peg of Cam Verde, Ariz.; sister, Florence Pinkston of Salem; grandchildren, Damon Bowles and his wife Jessamie of Vandalia, Jessica Warden of Terre Haute, Ind., and Jacob Warden and his fiancée Abby of Stewardson; great-grandchildren, Gabrielle Warden and London Bowles; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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