Harry Franklin Smoyer

Harry Franklin Smoyer


Harry Franklin Smoyer, 88, of Kirksville, Missouri, passed away Saturday (September 20, 2014) at Boone Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.

The son of Burrell Boyd and Ada L. (Stacy) Smoyer, he was born May 11, 1926 in Kirksville, Missouri. On December 28, 1945 in Troy, Kansas, Harry was united in marriage to Marjorie Daniels.

Harry is survived by his wife, Marge of sixty-eight years; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Larry Dale and Sherry Smoyer of Kirksville, MO and Steven Douglas Smoyer of Parkville, MO; three daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Robert Christman of Kirksville, MO, Pamela Jo and Mike Franke of Novelty, MO and Kathy and Joe Biggerstaff of Bella Vista, AR; one sister Helen Jones of Kirksville, MO; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Michael Smoyer in infancy; one sister, Geraldine Newson, and one brother, Jack Dabney.

Harry served in the United States Air Force from 1944 to 1946, and returned home to begin carpenter work. He worked for Stanley Rollins, on KOH Hospital, before going to work for Louie Tuttle Construction where he was employed 17 years. In 1965, Harry went into a trenching and cable service business for himself until his retirement. At his retirement, Harry turned his business over to his sons, Larry and Steve.

Harry was a self educated man who could fix anything. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, traveling, and music, but his greatest joy was his love for his family.

Harry was a past member of the Moose Lodge 1751 of Kirksville.

Family will receive friends Tuesday (September 23, 2014) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the chapel of Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville.

It was Harry’s wish to be cremated following his visitation and he will be privately interred with military honors at a later date at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, Missouri.

Expressions of sympathy in memory of Harry Smoyer may be made to our local V.F.W. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe

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