Marvin V. Smith, 84, of McAllen, Texas

McALLEN, TEXAS  — Marvin V. Smith, 84, of McAllen, Texas, formerly of Sterling, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2022, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

Marvin was born on his grandfather’s farm on March 3, 1938, in Oneida, the son of Ira and Ruth (Mesick) Smith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Marvin married Karen “Katie” McNutt on Nov. 10, 1961. She preceded him in death on Nov. 8, 2018. Marvin was a lifetime member of the Rock Falls Eagle’s Club, as well as the Laborers Union #727. Marvin and Katie enjoyed living as snowbirds together in Texas for 20 years. They also loved staying at Larry’s Ponderosa in Lyndon when returning to visit Illinois.

Survivors include one daughter, Lysa (Tom) Bluhm of Rock Falls; one son, Todd (Lori) Smith of Sterling; one brother, Henry (Paz) Smith of Port Orchard, Wash.; four grandchildren, Stephanie (David) Richards of Sterling, Mellysa (Tyler) Devine of Rock Falls, Brock Smith and Bryce Smith both of Chicago; and five great-grandchildren, Norah, Anna, Corwin, Conner and Collin.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Katie; two sisters, Rosa Diede and Barbara Geyer; and two brothers, Tom and Jim Smith.

Cremation rites will be accorded. In honor of Marvin’s wishes, no services will be held. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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