Monday, December 22, 2014

LEON JAMES SMART JR.

9/13/2013

Leon James Smart Jr., 65, Ottawa, passed away Sept. 12, 2013, at Ottawa Retirement Village.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Ottawa. Mr. Smart’s family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

He was born Nov. 12, 1947, in Ellensburg, N.Y., the son of Leon James Smart Sr. and Edith (Robare) Smart.

He grew up in Saranac, N.Y., graduating from Saranac High School with the class of 1965.

He entered the United States Navy in 1965 honorably serving his country until his discharge in 1968. He spent most of his service aboard the U.S.S. Hancock Aircraft Carrier as an aircraft mechanic. During his service he received the National Defense Service Medal attaining the rank of Seaman.

Leon moved to Ottawa in 1996, previously living in Grapevine, Texas and Morrisonville, N.Y. He was a lifelong long haul mover for United Van Lines, Atlas Van Lines and currently employed by Fry Wagner Moving and Storage.   

On Oct. 14, 1988, Leon was united in marriage with Sue Wood at Grapevine, Texas. They shared 24 years of loving marriage together. Sue survives of the home.

He is also survived by three children, Tina Francis and her husband, Steve, Champlain, N.Y., Brian Smart and his wife, Jodi, Wahpeton, N.D., and Dr. Jody Popple and her husband, Dr. Dave, Hopewell, N.Y.; his mother, Edith Smart, Toms River, N.J.; two brothers, Allan Smart, Toms River, N.J., and Richard Smart, Wallingford, Conn.; two sisters, Shirley Grove, Broken Arrow, Okla., and Susan McEntire, Charlotte, N.C.; and three grandchildren, Kyler Dean, McKenna Dean and Rylan Smart.

Leon is preceded in death by his father and six siblings.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Leon Smart Jr. Memorial Fund (to go toward Mr. Smart’s grandchildren education fund) in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, 325 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

Condolences may be sent to the family through www.lamb-roberts.com

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