Harold L. Smith


GALVA – Harold L. Smith, 92, of Galva, died at 10:54 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2019, at his home.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 5, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Randall Swanson officiated. Visitation was held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial was in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Messiah Lutheran Church or the Galva Senior Citizen Center.

He was born Jan. 17, 1927, in Galesburg, Ill. the son of Edwin and Edna (Ellickson) Smith. He married Ethel Marie Emken on Feb. 7, 1954, in Henderson Grove and she preceded him in death on Sept. 14, 2012.

Survivors include his son, Roger (Deb) Smith of Galva, four grandchildren, Jason Smith (Johanna Kremer) of Geneseo, Krystle Smith (Gereco Buckner) of Memphis, Tenn., and Darrious and Jatavius Smith eight great grandchildren, a brother Harvey Smith of Galesburg and several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.

Harold farmed with his wife for 20 years in the Galesburg and Galva area. He had also worked for the Galva School District. Harold operated a lawn mowing business with his wife and they had mowed lawns in the Galva area since 1980.

He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and had held several positions on the church board and been the caretaker at the church for a number of years. He was also a member of the Galva Senior Citizens Center and had served on its board.

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