J. Eldon Smith

Monday, February 13, 2017

J. Eldon Smith

Oct. 29, 1919 - Feb. 12, 2017

OBERLIN, Kan. -- J. Eldon Smith, 97, died Sunday (Feb. 12, 2017), at Decatur Health Systems in Oberlin.

He was born Oct. 29, 1919, in Oberlin to John A. and Nena M. (Jones) Smith. He graduated from Decatur County High School in 1937. He joined the U.S. Army Airforce.

He married Eleanor G. Grabusky on March 3, 1957, in Los Angeles, Calif. He was a farmer.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post No. 70.

He was preceded in death by wife, Eleanor Smith; parents, John and Nena (Jones) Smith; and two sisters, Elsie Watkins and Gladys Schichtel.

Survivors include children, Jerry (Tonya) Smith of Plano, Texas and Jay Smith of South Riding, Va., Renee Smith of Irving, Texas and Barbara (Darren) McGuire of Wichita; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Visitation is Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with family present from 5-8 p.m. at Pauls Funeral Home. A vigil service is at 7 p.m.

Services are Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oberlin with the Rev. Mark Berland officiating. Interment is at the Oberlin Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Decatur County Transportation bus. Online condolences may be left at www.paulsfh.com

Pauls Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.