Elmer Dean Smith (79) of Neoga

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Published on April 28 2012 8:41 pm

Elmer Dean Smith, 79, of Neoga, Illinois passed away at 5:48 a.m. Saturday, March 31, 2012 in St. John's Hospital, Springfield.

A memorial celebration will be held at the Neoga Fire Department Saturday, April 14 from 2-6 p.m. A memorial webpage has been set up at www.facebook.com/Elmer Smith.Mattoon.IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elmer Smith Memorial Fund, % First Federal Savings and Loan Association, 1111 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938. Arrangements are by Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home, Windsor. Condolences may be left at www.lockart-greenfuneralhome.com.

Elmer was the son of Ernest and Edna (Nettles) Smith. Elmer served his country with great pride, honor and privilege that he never took for granted. He lived his life with the same passion and pride. Helping all he could, giving all he could and never looking back. Only in this country could he have had the freedom to live his life as he did. A lot of people touched Elmer's life and for that he was very grateful. He gave his family love, friendship and guidance.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy Ethington Heiman Smith; daughters, Cindy (husband Ray) Rivnyak of Seymor, Conn., Sandy (husband Joseph) Christofannelli of Chicago; step-daughters, Pam Hall of Topeka, Kan., Carrie Ann (husband Ron) Trussell, Connie Marie (husband Jake) Colclasure, Corrie Jane (husband Kirk) Heiman-Dison, all of Windsor; grandchildren, Joe Christofannelli, Leah Christofannelli, Jennifer (husband Austin) Canelosi, Kristian Rivnyak, Lindsey Rivnyak, Jonathan Rivnyak, Stephanie (husband Andy) Suber, Brian (wife Megan) Hall, Brandon Trussell, Jonathan Trussell, Nikki Trussell, Candice Colclasure, Megan Colclasure, Logan Colclasure, Caleb Heiman, Ethan Heiman, Jack Heiman; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard (wife Sally) Smith of Mattoon; Raymond (wife Doris) Smith of Enid, Okla. and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Edna Mae Charles; brothers, George Isaac, Leroy James and Delmar Leslie.