John A. Smith
October 2, 1940 - May 7, 2018

John A. Smith

John A. Smith
Oct 2, 1940 - May 7, 2018

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John A. Smith, 77, of Burlington, passed away at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, May 7, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Born October 2, 1940 in Henry County, Iowa, he was the son of Iliff and Ella Mae (Watson) Smith. He married Linda L. Barton on October 18, 1964 in Salem, Iowa. She preceded him in death on February 22, 2015.
John graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1963. He achieved the rank of IC3 while serving in the United States Navy during the Cuban Blockade. He was employed at Schulz & Birch Biscuit Co., Whitehouse Dairy and most recently Champion Spark Plug, where he worked in production and maintenance for 38 years before retiring in 2004. He was a member of the Oak Street Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time at the New London Country Club, camping, fishing, hunting, sightseeing, birdwatching, and playing board games with the grandkids.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Christianson of Waukon, IA and Debra (Andy Dunn) Roller of Oquawka, IL; four grandchildren, Angelica (James) Knutson, Alysha Roller, Jordon Roller and Tyler Christianson; one brother, Raymond (LeNell) Smith of Gillette, WY; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and one brother.
A memorial has been established for Oak Street Baptist Church.

John Smith on May 24, 2018

Carl Thomson on May 19, 2018

Rest in peace Captain John.

Sharon Garner on May 13, 2018

CandleRIP John...

John Smith on May 10, 2018

Allen Kirk on May 10, 2018

I am very sorry for your loss and I am saddened by his passing. As I reflect back to my childhood, from my awanas days at church to the road trips to church camp. John was always there faithfully serving the Lord and being a disciple of Christ. I know that my best friend Eddie and myself were not the easiest kids to handle, but he preformed the task with a stern voice and a love of God that he had and showed us with his actions. I will have to say that some of my faith in God had to have come from John's commitment to serving the Lord and showing it each time we were around him. RIP my brother in Christ!!

Wayne and Megl Carl on May 9, 2018

So sorry to hear this news. We will be praying for your families. John was a great guy and always had a positive outlook on life. He and Linda were such great friends of our family and were always so helpful to everyone. Prayers for you all. Wayne and Meg Carl

Marilyn McKee on May 9, 2018

We are so sorry for your families loss. You all have our deepest sympathy 🌿 Thinking of you all. Mike and Marilyn McKee

Lynn Whittaker on May 9, 2018

My condolences to the family...My prayers are with you all.

Linda Giffin on May 9, 2018

CandleWhat a blessing to have known John. He always had something important to say and usually it was about how God was working in his life. My sympathy to the girls and their families. I will never forget John.


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2620 Mt. Pleasant St.
Burlington, Iowa 52601
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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1303 Oak St.
Burlington, Iowa 52601
10:30 AM
Pastor Ralph Wingate will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery.

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