Norman Eugene Smith, 90, of St. Joseph, MO passed away on Sat. November 26th, 2022, at the Mosaic Hospital, St. Joseph, MO.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 30th, 2022, at the Rushville Christian Church, with Pastor George Baugh officiating. Burial will follow in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Rushville, MO. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Rushville Christian Church or charity of the donor’s choice and may be sent in care of the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, 800 Kansas Ave, Atchison, KS 66002 who is handling the arrangements. Condolences to the family may be left online at www.beckerdyer.com.
Norman was born on April 8, 1932, in Rushville, MO the son of Eugene F. and Eva Pearl (Owen) Smith. He attended grade school and graduated from the new Rushville High School in 1950. Norman served in the United States Air Force for four years, two years in Japan. He enjoyed sports and was an outstanding basketball player and softball catcher playing in the St. Joseph Metro Fast-pitch League for several years. Norman worked in a family business the Smith Box Company, Rushville, MO for several years, then became a Buchanan County Sheriff’s Deputy. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Missouri Western College and became a parole officer until his retirement. He was an active member of the Rushville Christian Church serving as a Deacon, Elder and Chairman of the Board for many years. He was a charter member of the former Rushville Lions Club.
He was married to Bonnie Pearl Garrison on May 1, 1959. They have been married for 63 years. Survivors include his wife Bonnie P. Smith, of the home, a brother Lee Roy Smith, St. Joseph, a sister-in-law, Cheryl Smith, Atchison, KS, and several nieces and nephews. His parents, brothers Harold Wayne and wife Maxine Smith, and Terry Smith, sister-in-law Margaret Smith preceded him in death.