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Fred E. Smith
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Obituary for Fred E. Smith

Fred E. Smith, 61, of Energy, passed away 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Fred was a retired coal miner. After retirement, he owned and operated Smith’s Custom Carpentry.

Fred was a member of the UMWA.

Fred was born July 7, 1955 in East St. Louis, IL to Harry Earl Smith and Glenna Ruth (Finney) Smith Langston.

Fred first married Kathleen Burgess on January 5, 1974 in West Frankfort, IL. She preceded him in death on Dec. 2, 2004. He then married Jan Osowski on January 28, 2006 in Marion. She survives of Energy.

Surviving are his wife, Jan Smith of Energy; mother, Ruth of Energy; brother and sister-in-law, Curt and Regina Smith of Benton; sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Brian McConnell of Lake of the Ozarks; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Kay and Bruce Lantrip of Cary, NC, Vic and Chris Osowski of Louisville, KY, Mildred and Jim Callear of Barnesville, MD; his nieces and nephews from the Osowski family, David Lantrip, Dr. Emily Vara and husband, Bruce, Mark Osowski, Katie Osowski, Darina Callear and Marina Callear; Jan’s son, Phillip North and fiancé, Trisha; twelve nieces and nephews, including, Holly Wheatley and Jodi Rae Kee; close friends, Dick and Kim Terry of Marion, Paul and Eva Benns of Herrin, Liz and Randy Hastings of Energy and Topper and Jane Hamby of Johnston City and his canine companions, Andy and Barney.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathleen and his father.

Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Herrin City Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Fred to St. Francis Care Animal Shelter, 6228 Country Club Road, Murphysboro, IL 62966; envelopes will be available at the cemetery.

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Cemetery Details


Herrin City Cemetery

Stotlar & Bandyville Road
Herrin, IL 62948

Memorial Contribution

St. Francis Care

6228 Country Club Road
Murphysboro, IL 62966

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