Wesley Charles Smith, 92, of Lorimor died Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at Afton Care Center.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Ochiltree Funeral Service, 1823 N. John Wayne Dr., in Winterset and the funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Burial will immediately follow in Lorimor Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation. Online condolences may be left at ochiltree.com.
Wesley Charles Smith, son of Charles and Viva (Neeley) Smith, was born Dec. 3, 1924, at home on a small farm northwest of Lorimor. He attended country school through the eighth grade at Williams New Hope No. 3 in Union County. He graduated high school in Lorimor with the class of 1942.
Wesley stayed on the farm with his mother farming, was a gas station attendant in town and spent summers bluegrass stripping with his brother, Stanley, around the state of Iowa. He had the Sunday paper route for several years and was a substitute rural mail carrier.
On June 19, 1948, he married Norma Lee Green at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. He continued farming and raising feeder pigs along with the substitute mail route. In 1978, he got the permanent appointment with the postal service as a rural carrier and carried in the Lorimor and Macksburg area until August 1982 when he retired.
Wesley was a member of the Church of God in Lorimor.
Wesley is survived by his daughters, Patricia (Bill) Koob of Russellville, Alabama, and Janell Chenoweth of Afton; daughter-in-law Roxanne Smith of Conway; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; step-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Wesley was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Norma in 2007; sons, Marion (Mary) Smith and Marvin Smith; grandson Dustin Smith; brothers, Floyd, Dale and Stanley, and their spouses; sisters, Olive (age 3) and Helen, and her husband; and son-in-law Dennis Chenoweth.