James Dean “J.D.” Smith Sr., 70, of Oregon, IL, formerly of Kewanee, died Friday August 30, 2013 at his home.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM, Thursday, September 5 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Kewanee. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM, Wednesday at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with a rosary being recited at 6:45 PM. Additional visitation will be held from 9:30 AM till the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church or to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oregon.
He was born on December 7, 1942 in Kewanee, the son of Thomas W.and Mary (Mattingly) Smith. He was married to Cecelia Marie Cervantez on August 23, 1975 in Cambridge and she preceded him in death on January 15, 2001. He is survived by a son, James Smith Jr. Of Tampico, IL, a step-son, William Booker of Peoria, two daughters, Linda (Tom) O’Neal and Lorraine Silva, both of Partellis, NM, two step-daughters, Jacquieline Klein of Kewanee and Kim ( Rick) Shelley of Crestview, FL, fourteen grandchildren and two brothers, Thomas Smith of Phoenix, AZ and David (Ruth) Smith of Fredonia, PN.
J.D. attended Kewanee schools and had served his country in the U.S. Navy. He was retired after working a number of years in the strip mines. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Kewanee, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oregon and the Knights of Columbus.