David Lee Smith, Sr., 63 of Tilden, died at 1:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in his home. He was born on November 20, 1957, in Taylorville to Victor & Marilyn (Emerson) Smith. He served his country proudly in the US Army during the Vietnam era from 1974 until 1977, joining on his 17th birthday. During his time in the Army, he became a crew chief and was an accomplished helicopter mechanic. He married Frances Schaefer on December 24, 1980, at the courthouse in Randolph County, Illinois, and she survives. Mr. Smith worked as a miner for Peabody Coal Company.
In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing, camping with his family, water skiing, and duck hunting. More recently, he and his wife enjoyed target shooting. He visited Calvary Church in Sparta and watched their services online. Most of all, he loved his wife, his home, and his family. He will truly be missed.
In addition to his loving wife of over 40 years, he leaves behind his sons: Christopher J. Smith (wife, Pamela) of Coulterville, David L. Smith, Jr., (wife, Hannah) of Coulterville, Joseph P. Smith of Red Bud; 9 grandchildren: Faith, Emma, Layla, Jake, Raiden, Harlow, Birdie, Scotlyn, and Eleanor; his sister: Michelle Schmidt of Peoria; and several cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings: James V. Smith, Mary M. Mize, and Gail Thome.
A graveside memorial service with Military Honors will be held at a later date at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville.
McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the Smith family with arrangements. Memories of David, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.