Lon H. J. Smith, age 85, of McHenry, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 at his home.
He was born January 19, 1924 in McHenry to Josie R. and Esther L. (Norland) Smith. On June 9, 1945, he married Laura F. Sherman at First United Methodist Church in McHenry.
Born and raised in McHenry, Lon lived in McHenry for 80 years, and also lived in Crystal Lake for five years. He worked as an auto mechanic for 25 years, and also owned and managed income properties for over 30 years. He was an avid gun and car collector, and also enjoyed boating.
Lon was a member of McHenry Evangelical Free Church in McHenry.
Survivors include three children, Michael C. (Mary) Smith of Elmhurst, Patricia S. Geldermann of Lake Geneva, and W. Thomas (Susan) Smith of Newport, MN; seven grandchildren, Matthew and Mark Smith, Joseph Geldermann, and Skye, Jamie, T.J., and Cody Smith; and three brothers, Wayne T. (Maria) Smith of Johnsburg, Leo (Lois) Smith of Arkdale, WI, and Paul (Joanne) Smith of Johnsburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Laura F. Smith on August 16, 2006, and a nephew, Mark Smith.
The visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, February 13, 2009, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
Visitation will resume from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at McHenry Evangelical Free Church, 2614 N. Ringwood Road, McHenry, IL 60050. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. at the church, with the Rev. Cal Hiebert officiating.
Interment will be in Woodland Cemetery, McHenry.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, memorials to the church would be appreciated by the family.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-385-2400. Friends may send the family an on-line condolence message at www.justenfh.com .