Friday, October 8, 2010

Allen F. Smith, 87, passed away suddenly at his home in Girard, Kan., Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.

Allen was born July 3, 1923 in rural Pittsburg, the son of Oscar and Myrtle (Horn) Smith.

Allen married Frances (Bennett) Smith on May 11, 1947 in rural McCune. They enjoyed 63 wonderful years of marriage together.

He was a member of the Girard Bible Church, and was also active in the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta.

On April 6, 1943 Allen joined the Army, serving in WWII, in the 9th Air Force, 344th Bomb Group, 495 Squadron.

He flew 55 missions as an Aerial Gunner in the European Theater of Operations.

Survivors include his wife Frances, of the home.

Other survivors include one son, Luther and Wife Penny of rural Girard, Kan.; three daughters, Carolan Wishall of Overland Park, Kan.; June Alice Dussault and husband Leo of Tilton, N.H.; Jennifer Smith of Panama City, Fla.; nine grandchildren, Rachel Fairweather, Kayla Wishall, Sheldon, Nathan and Andy Smith, Allen and Austin Griffith, and Benjamin and Emma Dussault and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother Rodney Smith and Sister Alice Unroe, and a granddaughter, Meghan Diane Smith.

The Family will receive friends at the family home from 6--7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7.

Funeral Service will be Friday, Oct. 8 at 12 p.m. at the Girard Bible Church, in Girard, with Pastor Steve Ward officiating. Burial will be 2:30 p.m. at Fort Scott National Cemetery with Fort Riley Military Honors.

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Memorials may be made to the Girard Bible Church Missionary Fund. Memorials may be brought by or mailed to the Friskel Funeral Home 230 E. McKay, Frontenac, KS, 66763.