Vigen Memorial Home obituary – John Dale Smith, 78, of Keokuk


John Dale Smith, 78, of Keokuk, IA died Sunday, October 13, 2019 at his home.

     He was born June 25, 1941 in Keokuk, IA the son of John Edwin and Mildred Butler Smith.  Dale graduated from Keokuk High School with the Class of 1959.


     On November 27, 1968 he was united in marriage to Donnetta “Donnie” Bowen in Carthage, IL.  She survives. 

     Other survivors include two sons, Jay Whitaker (Molly) of Keokuk and Bryan Whitaker (Camille) of Burlington, IA, one daughter, Lissa Smith (Russell Dolter) of Keokuk, eleven grandchildren, Katelyn Bradfield (Nate), Luke Whitaker (Tessa), Madalyn Whitaker, Bryan Whitaker, Tory Raiford (Kim), Dylan Gregory, Sophie Gregory, Rebbeccah Snyder (Hayden Brison), Emily Snyder (Jake Turney), Helena Snyder (Ben Nelson) and Sam Snyder, six great-grandchildren, August Snyder, Jaime Brison, Eleanor Bradfield, Elias Bradfield, Hayden Raiford and Rylan Raiford, and one sister, Bonnie Hall, brother in law, Chuck Bowen (Laura) of Pekin, IL, sister in law, Gay Pease (Danny) of Camp Point, IL, two cousins, Phyllis Shively and Cindy Deney and many nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Don and Fern Bowen.

     Dale was a veteran of the United States Army and proudly served his country.

     He was a truck driver for Pryor Trucking and then Sharkey Tran Inc. until he retired.

      Dale enjoyed fishing, hunting, walking in the woods, reading the Bible and westerns especially Louis L’Amour books.  He was a talented woodworker and made a baby cradle for his daughter.  He was a very generous man and would help anyone in need.  Most of all he loved being with his family.

     A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk.  Burial with military rites will be in the Keokuk National Cemetery in Keokuk.

     Visitation will be held after 1 p.m. Thursday with the family meeting with friends from 6 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

      Memorials may be made to LaMoine Christian Church Camp or First Christian Church in Camp Point.

     On-line condolences may be made to the family at

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