Delano E. Smith


LEAF RIVER – Delano E. Smith, 78 lifelong Oregon/Leaf River resident, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 in Dixon Healthcare & Rehab Center. Born Dec. 18, 1939 in Oregon, the son of Benjamin and Emma Smith.

Married to Patricia Wilson Aug. 24, 1963 in Byron; she died June 3, 2012. Delano was a U.S. army veteran and was employed over 30 years at Clar Cor in Rockford before retiring. He was a member of Leaf River Lions Club. Delano enjoyed collecting Lionel Trains and coin collecting, playing euchre and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survived by his daughters, Debra (Dean) Walker of Oregon and Amy (John) Lauer of Ashton; son, Michael (Jan) Smith of Rockford; grandchildren: Kelsey, Kasey, Neva, Samuel, Erin, Sean, Airayla, Grayson and Zoe; and great grandchildren, Derrick and Hayden.

Also preceded in death by his parents.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 for Delano and his wife, Patricia at Lightsville Cemetery, Leaf River followed by a Celebration of Life from noon-2 p.m. at the VFW in Oregon. Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon assisted the family.

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