ROCHELLE — Frank Smith, 80, of Rochelle handed away peacefully on Feb. 25 whereas holding the hand of his spouse, Betsy and embraced by the prayers of many.
He was born in Rochelle on June 7, 1941, to proud dad and mom Victor and Ellen Smith, graduated from Stillman Valley High School and lived within the surrounding farm communities his total life.
Frank labored tirelessly for his household at Larson’s farm and Del Monte, however discovered his place, being his personal boss, at Frank’s Goodyear in Rochelle. He had the popularity of being an trustworthy auto mechanic with storytelling, kittens and contemporary produce from his backyard included totally free with restore companies.
When he wasn’t telling everybody else to, “stay out of trouble,” he might be discovered behind the wheel of any sort of auto, together with his favourite being the lawnmower. Through in depth “tinkering,” he was proud to rig a number of mowers collectively to get the job carried out. Gardening, with a philosophy of “the more varieties of vegetables, the better” was one other gratifying option to spend time outdoors.
Camping together with his pals within the Kings of the Road tenting membership was his favourite option to spend a weekend. Sitting round campfire, speaking the evening away after an awesome potluck dinner, was one in every of his favourite pastimes. He cherished the totally different campgrounds, and the lifelong friendships.
Rare was a time when he didn’t know the climate forecast or would cross up dessert. He loved pulling down pins in a bowling league together with taking part in golf and driving the golf cart. Watching westerns was his most up-to-date interest and he knew all of them.
In his 80 years, Frank by no means backed away from a cat. He cherished home cats, barn cats and the cats that discovered a house at Frank’s Goodyear. The parts-room on the store turned a heat, secure place for stray mama cats to have kittens. He facilitated many kitten adoptions with clients and even an occasional salesman that stopped by.
His good deeds, tales and friendships are the legacy of a life effectively lived.
He is survived by his spouse of 23 years, Betsy Smith; youngsters: Shane (Noel) Smith, Terri (Kevin) Cork, Kelli Cotrell, Matthew (Jennifer) Smith, Jennifer (Steve) Lavoie, Emily Egeland; daughter-in-law Dawn Smith, and his sister Betty (Jason) Dietrich. Frank was the very proud grandpa to Megan, Heidi, Chris, Taylor, Christopher, Nicole, Andrew, Chandler, Kaitlyn, Hailey, Joshua, Corey, Amanda, Patrik, Jacob, Mary, Katherine, 10 great-grandchildren together with many nieces, nephews, a cuddly canine named Scotch and numerous pals.
He is preceded in loss of life by his dad and mom: Victor and Ellen Smith; his son, Todd Smith; the moms of his youngsters: Carol Hermann and Susan Smith; siblings: Bob Weeks, John Weeks, Bill Weeks, Victor Smith and Anabelle Weeks.
His household will host a memorial visitation 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 at Beverage-Lyons Family Funeral Home, 704 N 6th St. Rochelle, IL 61068. Funeral preparations have been entrusted to Beverage-Lyons Family Funeral Home. Online condolences could also be made at www.beveragelyonsfamilyfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials could also be directed to the Serenity Hospice and Home, 1658 Illinois Route 2, Oregon, IL 61061.