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Cecil E. Smith

Cecil Edward Smith was born May 12, 1937 to Cecil Joseph Smith and Vesta Maxine (Keller) Smith in Diagonal, Iowa. Cecil attended West Point Country School. On August 15, 1958 Cecil was united in marriage to Dorothy Rose Sissel at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr. To this union four children were born, Wade, Dennis, Brian, and Karolyn.

Through the years Cecil worked many jobs most notably many years building fence and later operating the can redemption company in Clearfield.

Cecil passed away in the early morning hours of June 24, 2015.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Dee, Lee and Richard, parents-in-law Gail and Edna Sissel, sister-in-law Darlene Mathis, brothers-in-law Walter Mathis, Myron Schnackenberg, and Francis (Bud) Ayers

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Smith of Clearfield; three sons, Wade (Janet) Smith of Ridgecrest, CA., Dennis (Angie) Smith of Tingley and Brian Smith of Clearfield; one daughter, Karolyn (David) Zollman of Mount Ayr; three brothers, Jerry "Jock" (Robin) Smith of Chillicothe, MO., Gary (Brenda) Smith of Diagonal and John Smith of Yuma, AZ.; five sisters, Betty Schnackenberg of Diagonal, Irene Ayres of Mount Ayr, Phyllis (Dale) Cregeen of Rockford, IL., Barb (Bob) Strange of Mount Ayr and Roxie (Charlie) Fletcher of Diagonal; nine grandchildren; twenty six great grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Keith (Leona) Sissel of Kansas City, MO. and Delbert (LaDonna) Sissel of Excelsior Springs, MO.; one sister-in-law, RoEmma Tull of Creston.

Memorial Fund is in his name.

  • Graveside Service

    June 27, 2015
    10:30 AM

    Clearfield Cemetery

    Clearfield, IA

  • Burial

    Saturday June 27 2015

    Clearfield Cemetery

    Clearfield, IA


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Guestbook

We have known Cecil for over 35 years! He was building fence for local farmers. Cecil was a very hard worker and never had a bad word for anyone! He never met a stranger and loved being around young children. Even when he started up the can redemption he was a joy to visit with! I always enjoyed visiting with him, he could always make you smile even when you were having a bad day! We will miss his smile and and sense of humor! He always talked very highly of he family and the love of his life, Dorothy! Rest in peace Cecil you are free of the pain now!

Posted by Rodney & Beverly Straight - Clearfield, IA - Friends   June 27, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers to all of Cecil''s family. Hold the memories you have made with him throughout the years close. These memories will help you through the difficult times. May it be comfort to you all that he is no longer suffering.

Posted by Colleen & Ed Minnick - Kellerton, IA - cousin   June 27, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss, I will miss him very much

Posted by Darwin - Kansas city, MO - Nephew   June 26, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers to all the family. Cecil Edward always had a smile on his face and was a hard worker. May the many happy memories of all the fun times spent together sustain you now and in the days and years ahead. If it does not rain we may not be able to make it to the services as both our great grandsons have baseball tournaments on Friday and Saturday but we will be thinking of you.7g

Posted by Ronald and Betty Conley - Mount Ayr,, IA - Uncle and Aunt   June 25, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

SMITH FAMILY ,

I am so sorry to hear this news , Darwin told me today .
will miss UNCLE CECIL and the IOWA family and the family reunions .

AUNT DOROTHY stay strong hun as much as you can . THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL .

SMITH KIDS , SAME FOR YOU it hard to lose a parent . i know its not good , Ive been there Nov 2008

TAKE CARE
LOVE AND HUGS

CATHI

Posted by CATHI SMITH - Gardner, KS - darwins x gf   June 25, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of the loss of a great guy, he will be missed and remembered by many. Always had something to say and always had you laughing no matter what was going on, he was such a hard worker and never knew a stranger, always lending a helping hand, RIP Cecil, you will be missed until we meet again....

Posted by Debbie Tillman - Lenox, IA - friend   June 25, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Granpa Cecil I''m going to miss you miss working with you at the can shop I really wish we would of gotten. To go on that fishing trip together like we talked about. I.miss you so much and will always love u and I know you will always be with me in my heart

Posted by wyatt sebastian smith - stanberry, MO - great grandson 12 yrs old   June 25, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I loved him he was a real man and one of the best.He told me he loved me like I was his own daughter. I loved him as my other dad.He was loved and will be missed by many.

Posted by Ruth Smith - Stanberry, MO - Daughter in law   June 24, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Im going to miss him

Posted by Erin Hintz    June 24, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I''M. REALLY GONNA MISS YOU GRANDPA I LOVE YOU AND UNTILL WE MEET AGAIN SOMEDAY ATLEAST I KNOW I HAVE A ANGEL WATCHING OVER ME.

P.S. IF THE NEW BABY IS A BOY IT WILL HAVE YOUR MIDDLE NAME

Posted by melissa (smith) osborn - stanberry, MO - granddaughter   June 24, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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