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Obituary: Glen A. Smith, 87 - May 6, 2020
FLANAGAN — Glen A. Smith, 87, of Flanagan, passed away at 1:58 a.m. Wednesday, (May 6, 2020) at his home in rural Flanagan.

Cremation will be accorded. A private graveside service will be held at Minonk Township Cemetery. Pastor Andy Huette will officiate. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be directed to Christ Community Church, Gridley, or First Baptist Church of Minonk. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

Glen was born on Jan. 11, 1933, on the family farm at Flanagan, a son of Vernon and Bertha (Nellinger) Smith. He married Joan Roach on Jan. 15, 1955, at Gary, Ind.

Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis Smith, Flanagan; two sons, Vern (Marie) Smith, Lexington; and Steve (Jaynet) Smith, Flanagan; six grandchildren, Eric (Jamie) Smith, Flanagan; Brent (Albana) Smith, Flanagan; Ryne Bessler, Cassidy Bessler, Cooper Bessler, and Karah Smith, all of Lexington; five great-grandchildren, Nolan, Brock, Dylan, Owen, and Madison; and one sister, Norma Fox, Boulder, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; their son, Scott; his three brothers, Lyle, Morris and Dale; and his sister, Ruth Petri.

Glen was an active member of Christ Community Church, Gridley, and previously a member of First Baptist Church of Minonk. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Glen had a great passion for farming, even into his final days. He enjoyed the simple things in life, like having coffee with other local farmers, camping and fishing with friends, and fixing old tractors. Glen and Joan spent many winters in Florida together. He truly loved his family and especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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