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Merle L. Smith

February 14, 1924 December 11, 2019
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Peoria- Merle L. Smith, age 95, of Peoria, passed away at 1:28 AM on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at Liberty Village of Peoria.

Born February 14, 1924 in Peoria, a son to Leonard S. and Hattie E. (Hastings) Smith. He married Patricia Szidon in January of 2011, she survives. Also surviving four stepchildren: Randy Szidon of Peoria, Jeff (Susan) Szidon of Silverhill, Alabama, Diane (Rick) Hendricks of Sarasota, Florida, and Tom (Beryl) Szidon of Johns Creek, Georgia; ten step grandchildren; ten step great grandchildren; two nieces: Carol Slaughter- Smith of Peoria Heights and Karen (Kent) Steiner of Fort Wayne, IN; one great niece: Holly (Dan) McClain and their children: Connor, Cailan, and Owen, and one great nephew Ben Steiner.

He was a Word War II Navy Veteran, Serving in Europe and the South Pacific, in the Amphibious Forces. Merle was a D-Day survivor, receiving two Purple Hearts for his service. He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, its Wednesday Volunteers work group and its F.T.F. Sunday School Class.

He worked 32 years for Addressograph- Multigraph, and nine years for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, A.S.C.L offices in the State of Affairs.

He was an avid golfer who competed in the Peoria city championship.

The family would like to thank Vitas Hospice for their special care given to Merle.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 10:30 AM until time of funeral service with Military Honors at 11:00 AM at the Swan Lake Memory Gardens Chapel.. Rev. John Hopwood will officiate and burial will follow in Swan Lake Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Memorials in Merle’s memory may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church.

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

Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

14

Dec

10:30 AM 12/14/2019 10:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/14/2019 11:00:00 AM
Swan Lake Memory Gardens

4601 Route 150
Peoria, IL 61615

Swan Lake Memory Gardens
4601 Route 150 Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

14

Dec

11:00 AM 12/14/2019 11:00:00 AM
Swan Lake Memory Gardens

4601 Route 150
Peoria, IL 61615

Swan Lake Memory Gardens
4601 Route 150 Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Swan Lake Memory Gardens Final Resting Place

4601 Route 150
Peoria, IL 61615

4601 Route 150 Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Grace Presbyterian Church

8607 IL-91
Peoria, IL 61615
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