Jack D. Smothers, 81, Galatia, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at his home surrounded by family and friends after a short illness.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, West Kankakee Chapel with funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be at Aroma Park Cemetery, Aroma Park.
He was born August 25, 1931, in Marion (Scottsboro). He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1960. He worked 31 years at the Ford Stamping plant in Chicago Heights retiring in 1991. He married the former Darlene Williamson in 1955 and she passed away, June 20, 1994. He remarried on July 6, 2001, to the former Marie Burlison, who survives.
He was a master of all trades self-teaching most of what he knew building two of his homes in Kankakee, remodeling two other homes along with many other smaller building projects. He always had a huge vegetable garden and in recent years filled his yard with red geraniums that he protected each winter in a small greenhouse which he built. He took great pride in everything that he did and never said no to helping family and friends with building projects or electrical and plumbing projects.
Aunt Eleanor said it best, "His handprints remain on many homes."
In addition to his wife Marie, he is survived by his children, Linda (Gary) Chouinard, Kankakee, Amy (John) Brown, Bradley, Charles (Kathy) Rice, Peoria, Az., Darlene (Kelly) Coats, Kankakee; nine grandchildren, Audrey, Dustin, Lesley, Steven, Denise, Seth, Sienna, Brian, Adam; seven great-grandchildren, Raven, Aaron, Jilliana, Aamira, Rayah, Emma and Steven III; two brothers, John (Ellen) Smothers, Hume, Ken (Ellie) Smothers, Newman; two sisters, Irene (Floyd) Scarrow of Suffolk, Va., and Ruby Walters of Lewes, Del.; Galatia family: Paul (Nancy) Medlin of Franklin, Tenn., Sue (George) Wiggins, Carlyle, Chuck (Linda) Medlin, Paducah, Ky.; grandchildren, Chad (Kristen), Greg (Marion), Blair and Ellie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Darlene Smothers; son, Lynn Smothers; brothers, Gilbert Smothers, Carl Smothers, Claude Smothers; sisters, Edna Norris and Nancy Pulley.
Memorials may be made to VNA Plus Hospice, Eldorado Chapter, 610 E. Walnut St., Evansville, Ind. 47713.
Online condolences may be left at www.clancygernon.com