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Eldon J. Smith

December 3, 1939 - April 7, 2020

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Eldon Joseph “Bud” Smith was born in De Soto on December 3, 1939 a son to Eldon John and Rose (nee Sansoucie) Smith. He died at his Valle Lake home on April 7, 2020 at he age of 80.  He is survived by his children: Tammy (Mike) Biggers, Bonne Terre, Gail Porter, De Soto, Lori Smith, De Soto, Lisa (James) Drew, Barnhart, and Heather Porter, De Soto; grandchildren: Matthew Smith, Kyla (Aaron) Morales, Ashley Snyder, Megan Smith, Landon Porter, Griffin Porter, Emma Drew, Carter Drew, Lisa Beers and Valerie Beers; great-grandchildren: Arnold , Alex, Carter, Alley, Averi, Hailey, and  Hunter; one brother John (Karen) Smith,  Cordova, TN and his children Jonathon (Kathy) Smith, Kara (Craig) Cowart, and David (Lisa) Smith; one sister-in-law Norma (the late Frank) Campbell, Festus; one brother-in-law: Gary (Bambi) Haverstick, De Soto.  He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Wanda (nee Haverstick) Smith; a grandson Andrew Porter; two sons-in-law: Robert Porter and Charlie Beers; and a brother-in-law: Ray “Dude” Haverstick.  Bud had served in the 24th Infantry Division of the United States Army stationed in Munich, Germany.  Then, beginning in 1984,  served with the De Soto Rural Fire as a volunteer, staff member, and Fire Marshall. As an expression of sympathy memorials to Backstoppers, 10411 Clayton Rd #203, St. Louis, MO 63131.