John R. Smith

Monday, April 6, 2020

John Rease Smith, 89, of Blue Springs, Mo., passed away Saturday, April 4, 2020. A family graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Valley Memorial Gardens, Grain Valley, Mo. A public memorial service will be held at a later date.

John was born Dec. 16, 1930, in Marshall, Mo., son of William and Lela (Thomas) Smith. John loved music and enjoyed most kinds, especially gospel. He enjoyed fishing and going to the coffee shop in the morning. John was everybody’s personal handyman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Rebecca Richard in 2015; and his sister, Minnie Biebel

John’s survivors include his wife, Shirley, of the home; sons, Greg (Darlene) Smith of Grain Valley and Matthew (Nikki) Smith of Greenville Wisc.; a daughter Brandy O’Connor (Eric) of Buckner, Mo.: brother, William Smith of Oregon City, Oreg.; a sister, Lois Crawford of Clinton, Mo.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the care of Royer Funeral Home, Grain Valley, MO 816-847-4441.