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Joseph A. Smith, Jr.
  • August 4, 1958 - July 12, 2019
  • East Peoria, Illinois

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EAST PEORIA ~ Joseph Arthur Smith, Jr., 60, of East Peoria, passed away at 2:03 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 at his residence.

He was born August 4, 1958 in Peoria to Joseph Arthur and Muriel Jeanette (Evans) Smith, Sr.

Surviving are his mother, M. Jeanette Smith of East Peoria; two brothers, William (Karen) Smith of Deer Creek and Merle “Frank” Smith of East Peoria.

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Paul G. Smith, who was killed in action in 2009 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

A graduate of East Peoria Community High School, Joe then served honorably in the United States Army.

He was the owner and operator of Flying Eagle in East Peoria, doing carpentry and contracting work.

He was an avid hunter and was a martial arts instructor.

A celebration of life gathering will be announced at a later date.  Cremation has been accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Peoria Rescue Ministries, P.O. Box 837, Peoria, IL  61652.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com