Hubert Wayne Smith, 88, of Altamont, passed away at 2:20 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 1 at the First United Methodist Church of Altamont with Rev. Ed Wojnar and Rev. Paige Campbell officiating. Burial followed at Arborcrest Memorial Park in rural Effingham with military rites by Grobengieser-Fischer American Legion Post #512. Visitation began after a 4:30 p.m. Masonic service and concluded at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Altamont FFA, Ballard Nature Center, or Arborcrest Memorial Park. Gieseking Funeral Home of Altamont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Hubert was born on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1930 at home in Keptown to Hugh and Anna (Johnson) Smith. He married Bernadine “Bunny” Coleman on May 7, 1951. Surviving are his wife; daughters Sherry (John) Robertson of Altamont and Melody (Dennis) Morrison of Altamont; sister Nadine Antonides of Kendalville, Ind.; brother Lloyd Smith of Mt. Zion; sisters-in-law Irene Smith and Shirley Smith, both of Altamont; grandchildren Brittny (Nick) Gipson of Dieterich, Beau (Stephanie) Morrison of Altamont, Chance Morrison of Altamont, and Cyrena (Daniel) Urbik of Olathe, Kan.; and great-grandchildren Logan, Owen, and Jackson Gipson, Elizabeth and Quinn Morrison, and Gemma, Titus, and Leo Urbik.
Hubert and Bunny were unofficial foster parents to four men they thought of like sons; Harley Pagel of Lincoln, Richard Pagel of Cave Creek, Ariz., Jerry Bush of Altamont, and Roy McKinney of Altamont, also surviving.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Marie Bannick, Evelyn (Charles) Clagg, and Maxine (Frank) Belinsky; brothers Warren Smith and Earl Smith; brother-in-law Lee Antonides; and sister-in-law Mary Ann Smith.
As an entrepreneur, he started a trucking business at 16, worked as a welder for Allis Chalmers and Oliver, followed by carpentry and construction. He also worked for Norge while starting his farm. He was the owner of Bunny’s Berries where he sold strawberries and blueberries from the farm. He retired as a grain and livestock farmer.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951-52; a member of Dexter Methodist Church, the Altamont, Illinois Innovators and Investors Club, Altamont Masonic Lodge #533, Grobengieser-Fischer American Legion Post #512, and Effingham County Farm Bureau; was an Honor Flight recipient; and formerly served as an Altamont FFA advisor.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com.