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  Sad to Announce - John E. Smith  
  Dean Dittmar  7/28/2021 12:59:00 PM  

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TOLONO — John Edward Smith, 87, of Tolono passed away at 5:15 a.m. Sunday (July 25, 2021) at Lutheran Home, Arlington Heights.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 31, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Tolono, with the Rev. Fredi Gomeztorres officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Urbana. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Freese Funeral Home, Tolono, with the rosary at 4:30 p.m.

Mr. Smith was born May 9, 1934, in Pittsfield, a son to John C. and Margaret M. Raftery Smith. He married Donna Capitani on June 20, 1959, in Hennepin, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 28, 2002. He then married JoAnn Hesselmann on Oct. 17, 2009, and she survives.  

Mr. Smith’s entire life revolved around agriculture. He earned a bachelor's and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. He was a farmer, he taught ag science and was an FFA adviser at Bismarck and Bismarck-Henning schools. He was also employed at the University of Illinois in the vocational ag service. While at the University of Illinois, he was responsible for creating much of the curriculum of vocational agriculture for high school students. 

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