Larry Russell Smith, 64, of Dixon, died Saturday, December 8, 2012, at his home after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. He was an accountant at Raynor for 24 years prior to his retirement.
Larry was born on December 13, 1947, in Dixon, the son of Russell H. and Hazel L. (Foreman) Smith. He married Donna Rae Reitzel on May 7, 1997, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. While attending Sauk Valley Community College, Larry was a member of the college’s first men’s basketball team. He later graduated from Northern Illinois University. Larry also was a women’s volleyball coach at Sauk Valley Community College, as well as assistant coach for AFC Raiders volleyball team. Larry served in the US Navy from 1967-1972 and was a Vietnam War veteran. He was a member of the American Legion Post #296 in Sterling. Larry enjoyed watching NASCAR races and Chicago Bears football games, camping, fishing, and spending time with his children and grand daughter.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Rae Smith of Dixon; two sons, Zachary Russell Smith of Park Forest, Joshua A. Bacon of Dallas, TX; two daughters, Kaitlyn Madonna Smith of Franklin Grove, Sherryl L. Bacon of Dixon; one brother, Gene Carden of Greenville, NC; one sister, Sheri Linker of Polo; one granddaughter, Jazmine Marie Kozlowski of Dixon; and several nieces and nephews.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Wendy Marie Smith; and his nephew, Michael Carden.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, followed by a 7:00 p.m. memorial service at the funeral home. Military Honors will be provided by the combined veterans organizations following the memorial service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gaffey Home Healthcare and Hospice or the American Cancer Society.