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“Wonderful memories of friend Gene when we lived close on 8th and 9th street. With his handicap Gene never let that hold him back. Fun,fun, times with...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Bill Maynard - Mesa, AZ - Friend

“We love living next door to both of you and Gene will be sadly missed. So many wonderful memories that make us smile when we think of him. He was a...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Theresa Burger - Rock Falls, IL

“So sorry for the families loss of Gene. I grew up living next door and even babysat for Dan and Don when they were little.Gene was such a lively...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Debbie Hasbrouck - Friend

“My deepest and heartfelt condolences to Royola. Gene was one of my favorite people. I have many fond and happy memories of Gene. I am sad today. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Ed and Peggy Pleskovitchf - IL

“My deepest and heartfelt condolences to Royola. Gene was one of my favorite people. I have many fond and happy memories of Gene. I am sad today. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Ed and Peggy Pleskovitchf - IL

“My condolences to you and your loved ones, Don. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Erik Burgos - Dallas, TX

“I am so sorry for your loss. Gene was like a second father to so many of us. Being in the band with the "Dons' was always fun and never a dull...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Jill Carl Turnbaugh - Quincy, IL

“RIP Gene.. What a great father ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Tom VanOosten - Sterling, IL

“I was so sad to see That Don had passed. Thinking of his kindness and his hugs every time i saw him makes me smile. Sorry i wont be there in...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Sue Conklen Knowles - IN - Friend

“I'm so sorry for your loss, Royola. Gene was a very sweet guy! I loved seeing him when I visited the Christian Church. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Diane Rauser - Ankeny, IA

“It is hard to believe that my dear, sweet uncle is gone. I am so thankful that Gene was a good, loving husband to my aunt Royola and a good, loving...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: James Timberland - Ames, IA

“I remember all the motorcycle rallies with the Mississipi Valley BMW Riders. Gene always had a sense of humor, and enjoyed everyone. You will be...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Barbara Buhle - Blue Grass, IA


Gene H. Smith, age 85, of Rock Falls, died Friday, April 5, 2019 at his home.

Gene was born August 10, 1933 in Rock Falls the son of Harry and Mildred (Palmer) Smith. He married Royola Judd on June 1, 1956 in Rock Falls. Gene was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 36 years retiring in 1990. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Rock Falls, was a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed working on automobiles. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge (Grand Master 2013, Lodge #936).

Survivors include his wife, Royola Smith of Rock Falls; two sons, Daniel Smith of Waukesha, Wis. and Donald (Kay) Smith of Garland, Texas; one sister, Lunda Bramm of Sterling; seven grandchildren, Megan, Rebecca, Matthew, Jay, Rachel, Scott and Samuel; five great grandchildren, Addy, Jamison, Isaac, Slade and Bonnie; and added family members, John (Fesa) Shaw and Don (Dee) Noble.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

A gathering of family and friends will be Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM at the First Christian Church in Rock Falls. A memorial service will be Tuesday at 3:00 PM at the church with Pastor Jeanette Larson officiating, with a light dinner after.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the First Christian Church in Rock Falls and Shriners Hospital for Children.