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“I am so very sorry for you and your families loss of Vernon. May he rest in piece. Hugs and prayers are with you!!! ”
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“So sorry Rita for your loss. May the grace of God comfort you and your family.Again, I'm sorry Rita (for everything). I still think of you as my...Read More ยป
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Vernon Raymond Smith, age 90 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, March 07, 2019 at Regency Care of Sterling.

Vernon was born on January 11, 1929 in Davenport, IA, the son of Raymond and Julia M. (Johnson) Smith. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 27 years before retiring on June 1, 1991. He married Rita J. (Helms) Anspach on February 23, 1991 in Sterling.

Survivors include his wife, Rita; three daughters, Marsha (Mike) Elder of Harmon, Kimberly Manzano of Rock Falls and Julie McCombs of Rock Falls; three sons, Gregory (Mickey) Smith of Alvin, TX, Gary (Tammy) Anspach of Stronghurst, IL and Timothy Anspach of Rock Falls; one sister, Shirley Bogott of Bloomington; one brother, Donald Smith of Morrison; seven grandchildren; and multiple great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Cindy; two grandsons, and one son-in-law, Greg Manzano.

At his request, his remains have been donated to medical science and there will be no visitation or public services.