Elmer Dean Smith, 79, of Neoga passed away at 5:48 a.m. Saturday (March 31, 2012) in St. Johnís Hospital, Springfield.

He was the fourth child and third son of Ernest and Edna (Nettles) Smith. He is survived by his wife, Cindy Ethington Heiman Smith; daughters, Cindy (Ray) Rivnyak of Seymor, CT and Sandy (Joseph) Christofannelli of Chicago; step-daughters, Pam Hall of Topeka, KS, Carrie Ann (Ron) Trussell, Connie Marie (Jake) Colclasure and Corrie Jane (Kirk) Heiman-Dison all of Windsor; grandchildren, Joe Christofannelli, Leah Christofannelli, Jennifer (Austin) Canelosi, Kristian Rivnyak, Lindsey Rivnyak, Jonathan Rivnyak, Stephanie (Andy) Suber, Brian (Megan) Hall, Brandon Trussell, Jonathan Trussell, Nikki Trussell, Candice Colclasure, Megan Colclasure, Logan Colclasure, Caleb Heiman, Ethan Heiman and Jack Heiman; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard (Sally) Smith of Mattoon and Raymond (Doris) Smith of Enid, OK; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, sister, Edna Mae Charles, brothers, George Isaac, Leroy James and Delmar Leslie.

Elmer served his country with great pride, honor and privilege that he never took for granted. He lived his life with the same passion and pride. Helping all he could, giving all he could and never looking back. Only in this country could he have had the freedom to live his life as he did. A lot of peoples touched Elmerís life, and for that he was very grateful. In him we found a husband, father, papa, brother and friend. He gave us love, friendship and guidance that have touched us all. For this Elmer will live on forever in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Elmer Smith Memorial Fund, % First Federal Savings and Loan Association, 1111 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL, 61938.

A memorial celebration will be held at the Neoga Fire Department on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. A memorial webpage has been set up at www.facebook.com/Elmer Smith.Mattoon.IL

Arrangements are by Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home, Windsor.