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Nolan Smith

April 2, 1940 — September 20, 2015

Nolan Lorenzo “Lanny” Smith, 75 of Frederick, died Sunday, September 20, 2015 at his brother's home where he most recently resided.

He was born April 2, 1940 in Beardstown, the son of Edward and Olive Southwell Smith. He married Mary Ann Fishel on December 23, 1962 and she preceded him in death on November 10, 2014.

Surviving is his children Doug (wife Penny) Smith of Glen Rock, WY and Kelly (husband Jim) Kelley of Mt. Olive; five grandchildren Kynli, Cooper, Chelsie, Derek, and Tyger; four step grandchildren Josh, Jeremy, Zach, and Aubrey; four sisters Ruth (partner Dee Richardson) Smith of Torrance, CA, Marie Bunker of Redondo Beach, CA, Mary Smith of Evansville, IN, and Sandy Wilcox of Beardstown; and two brothers Victor (wife Nikki) Smith of Frederick and Burr Smith of Beardstown and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and one brother Mitchell Smith.

Lanny attended Beardstown High School. He served in the US Navy from 1957-1967. He later began a railroad career with Burlington Railroad and retired after 30 years of service as an Engineer. In his younger years he enjoyed playing and singing music with his musically talented family and being outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. Lanny and Maryann were best known for their love and dedication to the VFW on both local and State levels. Lanny served as a Legacy Gold Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1239. He was a past Quartermaster and a Past Commander of Local Post 1239. He was also a past 10th District Commander. Lanny was instrumental in establishing a veterans section in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Beardstown and also helped to rebuild the confederate section of the cemetery. Together, Lanny and Maryann had dedicated much of their time to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Ladies Auxiliary.

Memorial services will be held for Lanny and his wife Maryann, at 1 PM Friday, September 25, 2015 at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield in the Committal Pavilion. There will be no visitation.

Memorials have been suggested to VFW National Home for Children or Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.

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