Corn 03

Fred J. Smith

October 26, 1930 ~ March 24, 2022 (age 91)


URBANA, IL-  Fred J. Smith, 91, of Urbana, passed away on March 24, 2022 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 29 from 4-7 PM at the Urbana First United Methodist Church, 304 S. Race Street, Urbana.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 30 also at the church with Rev. Robert Freeman officiating.  Burial will be held at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Mayview, IL.

Fred was born October 26, 1930 to Fred D. and Elsie(Johnson) Smith.  He married Patricia Downs on March 12, 1950.  She survives.  Survivors include his children, Vicki Smith of Urbana, Jeff(Janet) Smith of Philo, Deanna(Randy) Loschen of Ogden, Lori(Les) Hoveln of Urbana, Beth(the late Leon) Rademacher of St. Joseph and Greg(Stacy) Smith of St. Joseph.  He is survived by 15 grandchildren, Craig(Molly) Loschen, Amy(Sean) Wells, Hayley(Luke) Feeney, Ryan(Lindsey) Loschen, Kristen(Nate) Massey, Tyler(Erin) Smith, Kyle(Leah) Rademacher, Kurt(Maria) Rademacher, Kelsie(Seth) Blackford, Alex Hoveln, Blake Hoveln, Madi(Corbin) Hesterberg, Claire Smith, Tessa Smith and Thea Smith.  He is also survived by 24 great grandchildren, with one on the way, and a brother, David Smith.


Fred was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Frances and Clara Nelle, a son-in law, Leon, and two great grandchildren, Kolin and Kora.


In his early years, Fred enjoyed showing horses.  His interests also included bowling, square and round dancing, boating, waterskiing, flying airplanes, riding motorcycles and playing cards.  He farmed all his life in Champaign County.  He was a member of the Champaign County Farm Bureau, the former Mayview Methodist Church, Boots and Bows Square Dance Club and the F & W Flying Club. 

Fred was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and a friend to many.  He will be missed by his family and friends.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to donor’s choice or to Urbana First United Methodist Church.  Condolences may be offered at


To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Fred J. Smith, please visit our floral store.


You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or by planting a memorial tree in the memory of Fred J. Smith
© 2022 Renner-Wikoff Chapel & Crematory. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Accessibility