Gordon F. Smith

Born: Sun., Jul. 7, 1940
Died: Sun., Oct. 21, 2018


10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Oct. 27, 2018
Location: Equality Location

Memorial Service

1:00 PM Sat., Oct. 27, 2018
Location: Equality Location

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Lt. Col. Gordon F. Smith, USMC, Ret., 78, of Carrier Mills, Ill., passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018 in Olathe, Kan.  He was born on July 7, 1940 to Arthur and Lucile (Sailsbury) Smith in Ridgway. Gordon grew up in Junction, and graduated from Equality High School in 1958.  On December 30, 1960 he  married his high school sweetheart, Mari Lou (Moore) Smith, who survives.   Immediately after his graduation in 1962 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Gordon joined the United States Marine Corps as an officer. His stateside orders moved his small family to Quantico, Va.; Camp Pendleton, Cal.; Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Ft. Belvoir, Va.; Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.; Kansas City, Mo., and Norfolk Naval Base, Va. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, earning numerous medals and commendations, including the Bronze Star with the Combat “V,” the fourth-highest award for combat bravery against an enemy force. Gordon served one year as the second-in-command at the Marine Corps base in Puerto Rico. He also served on the select security team sent to Beirut, Lebanon after the bombing of the Marine Corps barracks there in 1983. After his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1985, Gordon went on to oversee the construction of a scientific research facility in the Norfolk, Va. area.  He retired for good in 2001 and returned to his native Southern Illinois to enjoy his grandkids, restore old cars and continue transforming an old Trailways bus into a state-of-the-art RV.  Gordon’s favorite pastime was deep-sea fishing. His proximity to the ocean in his post-military years allowed him to regularly travel to Cape Hatteras, N.C., where he kept his boat. Most every weekend would find him there, hauling in sea bass, tuna, mahi-mahi, and an occasional marlin (swordfish). He helped Mari Lou keep their freezer stocked with fresh fish, which they shared with friends and visiting family.  Gordon is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Mari Lou Smith, also of Carrier Mills, now living in Olathe, Kan.; son, Mike (Sally) Smith of Olathe, Kan.; four grandchildren, Stephen Smith of Olathe, Kan., Garrett (Kaitlin) Smith of Kansas City, Mo., Kaitlin (Charles) Urwin of Olathe, Kan., and Lauren (Jordan) Drapal of Overland Park, Kan.;  two sisters, Dr. Patricia Smith, M.D. of Ridgway and Marcia (Deen) Barnett of Carmi; one brother-in-law Danny Potts of Harrisburg; and four nephews Jeff Barnett (Cheryl) of St. Louis, Mo., Trent Barnett of Evansville, Ind., Nathan Potts of Harrisburg, and Eric Potts of Evansville, Ind.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Marilyn (Smith) Potts. The family will receive guests for visitation beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 27th at the Vickery Funeral Chapel in Equality, with the memorial service to follow at the Chapel at 1 p.m.  The Rev. Ron Reed will officiate with interment at the Jackson Cemetery near Ridgway with military honors by the Ridgway American Legion Post #596 and the Marine Corp. Honor Team.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gordon’s name may be given to Good Shepherd Hospice, 11267 Strang Line Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215, in gratitude for the excellent care provided by the Good Shepherd nurses during Gordon’s last illness.   


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Debbie Febuary Via
   Posted Wed October 24, 2018
Dr. Pat & family, you have my deepest sympathy.

Donald and Nayna Sisk Frohock
   Posted Sun October 28, 2018
The wonderful picture of Gordon renews memories of our school days together;
happy times and remembrances of those good years. He was always a very
personable, friendly and caring guy. We extend our condolences to his family
on their loss. Rest in Peace Gordon.

Jim Smith
   Posted Thu November 15, 2018

I am very sorry to learn about Gordon's passing. Please extend my sister Caroline and my sympathies to Marcia and Mari Lou. I only learned about his passing recently because I was trying to locate you, Gordon and Marcia. Some of my fondest memories of Gordon were the times he would stay with us during college summer breaks when he would work with dad and Uncle Earl. I also remember going fishing with Gordon and your dad (Uncle Art) on the Saline River. Gordon will definitely be missed. If you would like to catch up call me at 630-418-8964 or send an email.


Jim Smith

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