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Henry J. Smessaert

Henry Smessaert, 88, of Aledo died on Thursday, January 7, 2010 at Mercer County Hospital, Aledo.

Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Bewley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Aledo . Visitation is 4 - 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Aledo Cemetery with military rites by the American Legion. Memorials may be made to the Henry Smessaert memorial fund.

Mr. Smessaert was born October 14, 1921 in Hillsdale, IL, the son of Julius and Aleda Von De Somple Smessaert. He married Mary Macklin Johnson in Viola, Illinois on November 15, 1957. She died on April 13, 2003.

Henry was a World War II veteran serving in the Army. He served a tour of duty in the Philippines and Japan. He was a Corpsman medic. He received two Bronze Stars, a Presidential Citation, Good Conduct Medal and Philippine Liberation Medal. Henry was a member of the Aledo American Legion Post 121 for over 27 years where he held every office. He was the 14th District Commander twice. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans; 40 and 8, Lions Club, a Charter member and Past President of the Edwards River Earth Science Club and a long time member of the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as well as a leader for several years. Henry worked for various implement dealer as a tractor mechanic. He retired from the Mercer County Nursing Home Maintenance Department after 17 years.

Henry was a member of the First Baptist Church, Joy, IL. He enjoyed carpentry and his grandchildren.

Survivors include his children, Richard J. Smessaert, Aledo and Margaret (Gordon) Campbell, Kaukauna, Wisconsin; six grandchildren; one great grandson; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; 3 sisters; 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.

October 14, 1921
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Mercer County Hospital, Aledo, Illinois

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Bewley Funeral Home & Cremation Services
103 SW Third Street
4 - 6 PM Sunday, January 10, 2


Bewley Funeral Home & Cremation Services
103 SW Third Street
11 AM Monday, January 11, 2010


Aledo Cemetery
Following the funeral


First Baptist Church
Following the burial