Joseph Smith, Sr., 79
Joseph R. Smith, Sr., 79, Castle Rock, Colo., passed away unexpectedly at his home.
Joseph Russell Smith, Sr., the son of Russell and Ruby (Peterson) Smith was born Sept. 8, 1943, at Aurora, Ill. Joseph was raised in Red Oak and graduated from Red Oak High School. In Red Oak he worked at Red Oak Wholesale and the bowling alley.
Joseph was united in marriage with Loeva M. Singleton in October of 1965 at Red Oak. He was a meat butcher for many years, working in the states of Iowa, New York, New Jersey, Texas and Missouri. Joseph then moved to the state of Washington, where he and Loeva adopted a baby boy in the middle of winter picking him up after snow had fallen with his mother Ruby, who all together brought him home the next day. He then began a career in land investment starting with logging property. He then extended to Oregon and California. Joseph moved to Castle Rock in 2007, helping his son to expand his career in computer engineering. He was a pilot and owned his own plane. In 1976, Joseph placed his faith in Jesus Christ and continued his faith witnessing to others.
Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Paul and Chester.
Joseph is survived by his son, Joseph Smith II and his wife Santi of Castle Rock, Colo.; sister, Betty Palmer and husband Marion of Gilmer, Texas; and sisters-in-law, Grace Smith of Hurricane, Utah and Sandra Smith of Malvern; other relatives and friends.
May God bless his memory and give strength to those who mourn.
Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, at 2 p.m at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home, Red Oak. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Red Oak.
Visitation with the family will be held Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home from 12:30 p.m. until service time of 2 p.m.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at sldfuneralhome.com.
Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home is in charge of Joseph’s arrangements and serving his family.