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Allan "Al" Lee Smith

December 23, 1932 June 5, 2018
Allan "Al" Lee Smith
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Allan Lee “Al” Smith, age 85, died peacefully with his wife, Marilyn, at his side on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in Peoria. Al and Marilyn were longtime lovers and residents of Galesburg, where they lived on Lake Bracken for 53 years.

Al was born on December 23, 1932 in Newark, Ohio to Roy and Clare Smith, a hard-working meat packer and an affectionate, artistic wife whom Al loved dearly. He met his wife, Marilyn Brown, in a church group and they were married on June 27, 1953. She was supposed to go first, she said, and has some choice words for Al when she sees him on the other side. She survives and lives in Peoria Heights, where she tends to her plants and spends time with family.

Al is survived by one brother, Walter (Rennie) Smith, of Galesburg; his daughters, Frances Tinkham and Joyce (Joe) Glawe, both of Peoria; and his sons, Allan (Virginia) Smith, of Texas, and Richard (Chelsea) Smith of Montana. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Christopher Tinkham of Peoria Heights; Matthew Tinkham of Peoria; Justin Glawe of Texas; Jillian (Tom) McKenna of Danville, IL.; Dakota (Corie) Smith and Savanna Smith of Texas; Rolland (Amanda) Smith of Washington, D.C.; and Douglas Smith of Seattle, WA. He is also survived by one great grandchild, Jakob Tinkham of Peoria Heights and several nieces and nephews. Al was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Smith, of Georgia and his greatly missed grandson Theodore “Ted” Tinkham of Peoria Heights.

When Allan married Marilyn he joined her family of nine siblings, and excitedly embraced the love of his in-laws. The family reunions were large and boisterous, often held not far from Al and Marilyn’s beloved home on Lake Bracken. After working at family businesses that included a meat locker, grain storage construction company and an ice plant, Al embarked on a career that would take him around the world and provide him with experiences that he relished and relived in stories that sometimes stretched on as long as the trips themselves. Al documented his travels through his lifelong passion of photography. He was an ice man, and made sure everyone knew it. More specifically, he was a decades-long member and former president of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society. His work took him to the Middle East and Africa to build ice plants, as well as Canada, where you’d think they’d know how to make ice, but not as much as Al. He was proud of his passports (emphasis on their plurality) and the work that filled them with stamps from foreign lands—of which he knew none, because Al was at home wherever he travelled.

Al was proud of many things. His family, most of all, and Marilyn, a polio survivor for whom he advocated, and who he cherished, adored and sometimes annoyed every day of their blissful life. He was proud of his heritage—a son of the American Revolution with roots tracing back before that war—and of the United States of America. Al was a flag-waving patriot and consumer of American history his entire life, knowledge that would serve him well in conversations with his fellow citizens across the country and the globe. Al’s humble pride, great empathy for those less fortunate than him and boundless care for and interest in the vast spectrum of humanity live on through his children, grandchildren, great-grandchild and those who have yet to arrive on this earth that Al conquered, roamed and loved.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., Sunday June 24, 2018 at Rock Church in East Peoria. The family will receive visitors at the church two hours prior to the service.

Memorial donations may be made to Rock Church, 1081 Upper Spring Bay Rd, East Peoria, IL 61611, and the Galesburg Rescue Mission and Women’s Shelter, 435 E 3rd St, Galesburg, IL 61401.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or leave private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com

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Visitation

Sunday

24

Jun

2:00 PM 6/24/2018 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 6/24/2018 4:00:00 PM
Rock Church

1081 Upper Spring Bay Rd
East Peoria, IL 61611

Rock Church
1081 Upper Spring Bay Rd East Peoria 61611 IL
United States

Memorial Service

Sunday

24

Jun

4:00 PM 6/24/2018 4:00:00 PM
Rock Church

1081 Upper Spring Bay Rd
East Peoria, IL 61611

Rock Church
1081 Upper Spring Bay Rd East Peoria 61611 IL
United States

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Rock Church

1081 Upper Spring Bay Rd
East Peoria, IL 61611
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