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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