Willard B. Smith

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March 4, 1926 - July 27, 2020
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in St. Peters, MO

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Willard B. Smith, U.S. Army, Ret.

Of Saint Peters, MO, passed away Monday, July 27, 2020 at the age of 94. Loving husband of the late Geraldine C. Smith; dear son of the late Bernard and Rachel Smith; devoted father of Mia (Joseph) Hartfield and Stephanie Ledesma; cherished grandfather of Aaron, Brandan & Corey Hartfield, and Xavier and Kalani Ledesma; treasured brother of Norvell Smith; beloved uncle of Gerald Smith, Darryl (Juan) Smith and Norvell Smith, Jr.; He is also survived by numerous loving family members and friends.

Willard proudly served his country with honor in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. Willard then began his career with the United States Post Office, where he worked until his retirement. Willard was active in his community, a longtime member of YMCA and volunteered his time with the Dallas ISD School Board. He enjoyed music and playing the drums, working on cars and mechanics. He could often be found reading a Reader’s Digest, was also an avid jogger and enjoyed playing board games. Willard was also fluent in German, and loved speaking the German language. Family meant everything to Willard, and he was dearly loved by his family in turn. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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August 9, 2018

Memories with Grandpa Willard and his granddaughter Maggie

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  1. Jacqueline Schuk-Foust July 31, 2020 at 11:04 am - Reply

    candle 8We were truly honored to know Willard! He was an awesome neighbor since our family moved here in 2007. Our family really appreciated him coming by almost daily as my father Joe was ill. Willard and my father went to St Charles Community College to brush up on their german while my father was in the midst of chemotherapy treatments. We enjoyed having Willard over to celebrate his and our birthdays and many holidays for years. Willard became a member of our family! We loved hearing his stories, life lessons and how he was very proud of his family! Willard is “The Most Interesting Man” and we miss him already!

    • Bosman August 1, 2020 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      candle 8Deepest Sympathy and Condolences to you Norvell and your entire Family. Love and Blessings. Dwight and Cenia Bosman

  2. jerome ramey July 31, 2020 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    My condolences to the family .

  3. Paul Givens July 31, 2020 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    My utmost consultancies to you and your family.

  4. Teresa Harvey July 31, 2020 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    My sincere condolences to you, Norvell, your entire family and the loved ones, family and friends of your brother.

  5. Roman Patrick, M.D. July 31, 2020 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Friend of Willard

    • Kenneth Wunderlich July 31, 2020 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      Norvell,
      I am so sorry for your loss. Remember the good times you had with your brother.

  6. Keisha July 31, 2020 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    candle 6The Smith Family sends our condolences. We love and miss you Mr. Norvell.

  7. L David Gangloff July 31, 2020 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    candle 5My condolences to Norvell and your family. I truly miss our family and friends from the Edward Jones YMCA!

  8. Phyllis and Larry hoffman July 31, 2020 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    We are so saddened to hear about Willard. We have known him for such a long time and will miss him greatly. We always enjoyed seeing him and hearing his stories. Please send our thoughts and prayers to the family. And a special remembrance to Norvell.

  9. Gerry Teicher July 31, 2020 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    I am grateful for God’s ever present
    Love that supports us each moment.
    All is well!

    • Stephanie Clarke July 31, 2020 at 5:43 pm - Reply

      candle 1My heart was saddened when I heard the news of Willards passing. I meet him and Norvell over twenty years ago at the Edward Jones YMCA where we enjoyed many conversations and laughs together. I had not seen him for a while but my thoughts went back to a resent article in the paper where Willard was being interviewed, that I ran across just flipping through the pages. It brought a smile to my face because he always told his stories so well. My prayers of comfort and strength go out to Novell and the entire Smith family in this time of loss. Your love one will be missed.

  10. Rose Everson July 31, 2020 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    candle 2My most heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. A special rememberence to Mr. Novell.

  11. Stephanie Clarke July 31, 2020 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    candle 1My heart was saddened when I heard the news of Willards passing. I meet him and Norvell over twenty years ago at the Edward Jones YMCA where we enjoyed many conversations and laughs together. I had not seen him for a while but my thoughts went back to a resent article in the paper where Willard was being interviewed, that I ran across just flipping through the pages. It brought a smile to my face because he always told his stories so well. My prayers of comfort and strength go out to Novell and the entire Smith family in this time of loss. Your love one will be missed.

    • Ron Biller August 1, 2020 at 12:09 am - Reply

      My deepest sympathy, Norvell….. I enjoyed meeting
      with you and your brother at the YMCA. My best to you and your family.
      Ron Biller

  12. Mark Boland August 1, 2020 at 10:08 am - Reply

    What a wonderful Man.
    I miss him already, can’t imagine how you feel.
    you are all in my prayers!
    Friend from the Y
    mark

  13. Barbara Lee August 1, 2020 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Deepest condolences to you and your family, Norvell. God bless and comfort you in the days ahead.

  14. Jared Stroup August 1, 2020 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Best neighbor ever. Via con Dios Willard. You will be missed.

  15. Gregory S. Cole Sr. August 1, 2020 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Willard, will surely be missed but never forgotten. Thoughts and prayers for the entire family.

  16. V E Hall August 1, 2020 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Dear Norvell and family,

    You have my sympathy on the passing of your dear brother who was a beloved family member to each of you. He will be missed.

    I am sending these expressions on behalf of the family of the late Marty Belton who was your colleague for a number of years.

    Grieving may endureth for the night but Joy cometh in the morning. God wil take care of you.

    Peace and blessings,
    V.Roni Hall

  17. Loretta August 2, 2020 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Dear Norvell so sorry for the loss of Willard and love and prayers to all the family.
    Sure miss seeing and talking with you. Also all those I played Chess with.
    Just got in the habit of not coming up to the Y. And you know the old saying
    out of sight out of mind. And now that I will be 78 the end of Nov. The old
    mind has gotten some what rusty on remembering many thing which just
    used to be in much better condition. Well take care during these terrible
    times of this Virus and stay well. I still talk occasionally to Helga. Well God
    Bless you and yours. your OLD friend Laurie C.
    PS Don’t know if you ever knew my nick name is Laurie but my Baptism name is Loretta.

  18. Patrick J Davis August 2, 2020 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    candle 4Great memories of sitting around chatting with Willard over the years. He was a wonderful neighbor. My Father was a veteran of WWII and Korea also. Many great conversations over the years. My condolences to his family; I will miss him.

  19. Richard Bazile August 2, 2020 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    candle 2so sorry to hear about Will, a good man, rest in heaven brother.

  20. Al and Nancy Audet August 2, 2020 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Dear Norvell,
    We are sorry to learn of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    We miss seeing everyone at the Y
    Al and Nancy

  21. Terry & Linda Nowak August 3, 2020 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Our condolences to the family. Willard was a great neighbor and a very friendly man. He will be missed.

  22. Katrina K Hurter August 3, 2020 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Willard was a sweet, precious neighbor. He would come over and watch football with my husband Ed.
    When Ed passed Willard would always check in on me or call no matter where he was. If I was unable to take his call he would tell me he is “OK”. Willard liked to talk about his life with me and he always had wonderful things to tell me about his family. The last time we spoke he told me how good the cornbread was that Shirley fixed him. Ralph and Shirley were neighbors as well and would also take care of his needs.
    I will certainly miss you Willard in my life! Peace to you my friend and to your family!

    Love, Trina

  23. MAGGIE LEVI August 4, 2020 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    candle 1I will always have wonderful memories of my Grandpa Willard…. I want all to know that Grandpa Willard also had 4 grandchildren via his marriage with Geraldine… Grandpa Willard was the only grandfather that any of us knew and grew up with, in regards to Grandma Geraldine… I will never forget when Grandma showed up with “this man” to my childhood home in Battle Creek, MI and introduced him to us as her husband… As I became an adult, I became even closer to Grandpa Willard, and even after my Grandma passed away 8 years ago, I continued to visit my Grandpa Willard almost every year (he came to visit my family twice in Michigan), and we stayed in contact via phone once or twice a month. He always ended our phone calls with “love you, night night sugar.” He also had a special bond with my husband, Randy, and would sometimes call just to chat with him. Grandpa Willard has been there for ALL of my special moments: college graduation, my wedding and visited when my first-born son came into the world. We will always cherish memories of him.. no one can ever erase this….and will always love him for who he was. Please check out the photos in the timeline for just a “few” of our special memories together.

    ~Love you Grandpa Willard,
    Your Granddaughter Maggie

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