WALNUT — Ellis S. Smith, 89, of Walnut died Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa.
Ellis was born March 14, 1925, in Kirksville, Mo., the son of Floyd and Eva Mae Shelton. He was united in marriage to Rose Marie Smith on Nov. 23, 1950, in Kirksville, Mo. She preceded him in death on Feb. 11, 2004.
Ellis served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He attended Kirksville State Teachers College and majored in agriculture. He was employed as a salesman for Mid-South Chemical Company for many years and Stamm Manufacturing in Watseka.
He was a member of the Red Oak United Methodist Church of Walnut and Walnut American Legion Post 179. Ellis enjoyed dancing, singing and flying. He also enjoyed his friendship with the Bridge Club for many years.
He is survived by four sons, Brian Smith of Walnut, Kevin Smith of Walnut, Dennis (Laurel) Smith of Fairfax, Va., and David (Janet) Smith of Walnut; four daughters, Ellison Elaine (Primo) Custodio of Chatsworth, Calif., Gina (Jim) Wilkinson of Mt. Carroll, Ellen (Paul) Brousseau of Walnut and Patricia (Lee) Jackson of Bellevue, Iowa; 24 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Eldon (Nora) Smith of Palm Springs, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one son, Lawrence; and daughter-in-law, Pam.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut with the rosary recited at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at noon Saturday, April 26, at the Red Oak United Methodist Church of Walnut with the Rev. Judy Giese, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Walnut Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Walnut American Legion.
A memorial has been established in his memory.
Condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.