Charles Leroy Smith (83) of Olney, formerly of Effingham

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Published on August 4 2015 7:08 am

Charles LeRoy Smith, 83, of Olney, formerly of Effingham, passed away on Monday, August 3, 2015, at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 5 at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham, IL, with the Rev. Bill P. Schwengel officiating. Burial will be in Loy Cemetery in Heartville with military rites.  Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in memory of Charles to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 1310, White Plains, NY 10605.

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Charles was born on February 8, 1932, in Effingham County, IL, the son of Charles F. and Iva J. (Shouse) Smith. Charles was a veteran of the United States Navy serving during the Korean Conflict on a LST. He was a member of the Olney American Legion and VFW. He enjoyed going to the VFW and playing pool. He attended the Church of the Nazarene in Olney. Charles owned and operated Smith Sales in Olney for antique tractor seats. He traveled through Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana selling the antique tractor seats he had made. He loved gardening and attending antique tractor shows. Charles had worked at UPS for 15 years and then retired from Roadmaster. He had continued working in his antique tractor business during those years.

Charles is survived by his daughters, Mary T. (Terry) Willis and Terry Lee Steber both of Olney; grandchildren, Heather (Sean) Carnicle, Dallas (Emily) Willis and Roni (Mark) Lambird all of Olney, Nikki Steber of West Salem, and Matthew Biehl of Noble; great-grandchildren, Connor, Dalton, Kaitlynn, Preston, Rylan, Amara, Carson, Piper, Aubrey, Asher, Andrew, Elijah, Bryton, Bree, Leann and Ben; sisters, Shirley (Ray) Wheeler of Highland and Phyllis Edwards of Lubbock, TX; and former wife, Florence Biehl of Olney.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Margaret Louise Smith; great-grandchild, Samuel; and sisters, Maxine and Pauline.