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Larry Gene Smith

September 16, 1946 — December 18, 2016

Carbondale – Larry Gene Smith, 70, of Carbondale passed away at 10:27 a.m. on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Larry was born on September 16, 1946 to Harold Eugene “Sunny” Bush and Naomi Ethel (Holland) Bush. He married Angie Kaye on September 21, 2016, in Carbondale. She survives and is of Carbondale.

Other survivors include a daughter, Shari Eve (Noel E.) Buisker of Freeport; a son, Adam C. (Michelle) Smith of De Soto; a stepson, Shadi (Karen) Frick of Carbondale; half-brother, Jerry Bush of Carbondale; Grandchildren, Kaitlyn Smith & Joseph Bagley, Victoria Rose Smith, Payton Smith, Shiann Smith, Summer Noel Buisker, Brianna Cote, and Eric Kesler; two step-grandchildren, Lexi M. and Logan M. Frick; and three great-grandchildren, Aubrie Jo Bagley, Jia Cote, and Julian Cote; two cousins Carol Warren and Sharon Strothmann,

He is preceded in death by his parents; step father, Robert Smith; and grandparents, William and Geneva (Rushing) Bush.

Larry was an avid fisherman, deer hunter, and woodworker. He served in the United States Navy on the USS Taussig during the Vietnam Conflict from 1964-1967. He enjoyed spending time with his friends called “The Makanda Boys,” including Jim Booth and Dale Patterson.

Services for Larry will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 22, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Alan Rhein officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Carbondale with Military Services. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Meredith Funeral Home, Carbondale.

Memorials are the preferred form of remembrance and may be made to the St. Francis Care Animal Shelter or to This Able Veteran. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home or church.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

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