VeteranNorbert Smith

Norbert SmithNorbert L. Smith, 97, of Rushville, formerly of Brimfield, died at 11:35 a.m. July 12, 2018, at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Quincy.

He was born Aug. 26, 1920, in Vermont, a son of Eugene and Sarah Gould Smith. He married Mabel Boyd on Aug. 24, 1942, in Palmyra, Mo. She preceded him in death on Oct. 5, 2009.

Also preceding him death were one infant daughter, Melba Smith; two sisters; and nine brothers.

Surviving are two daughters, Kathlyn (and Randall) Haut of Beardstown and Barbara (and Gary Jr.) Barnes-Amos of Wall, S.D.; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He attended Fulton County elementary schools and the Vermont High School.

He served in the United States Army in the American Theater as a Med Tech from Nov. 28, 1942, until his discharge as a Corporal on March 10, 1946. In this capacity he rode the trains that met the ships bringing home the wounded from Europe and accompanied those soldiers to the hospitals nearest their own homes.

He was employed at a variety of construction and farm jobs including some time with his own bulldozer. He then worked at the Allis Chalmer Dealership in Brimfield as a mechanic for a few years. He then worked for many years as a mechanic and foreman for Peoria County Highway Department until he retired in 1981.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. A Committal Service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Brimfield Township Cemetery, west of Brimfield.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s local Honor Flight Program.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 7/18/2018


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