John R. Smith Jr., 47, House Springs

John R. Smith Jr., 47, House Springs

John Ralph Smith Jr., 47, of House Springs died July 7, 2019. Mr. Smith was an over-the-road truck driver and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of the Amvets 42 in Herculaneum and the Amvets Riders, and he helped other veterans through fundraisers and special events. He enjoyed riding motorcycles with his friends, as well as camping, fishing, boating, hunting and spending time with his family. Born May 17, 1972, in St. Louis, he was the son of Donna Kaye (Ward) Smith of Festus and the late John Ralph Smith Sr.

He is survived by a companion: his son: Joshua Smith; four daughters: Taylor, Nicole, Sarah and Julie Smith; a twin brother: Jerry (Karen) Smith; and his companion: Lisa Thiess.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at Mahn Funeral Home, 515 Collins Drive, in Festus. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 12, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Peaceful Ridge Cemetery in De Soto. Memorials may be made to the Amvets 42, 690 Joachim Ave., in Herculaneum. Arrangements are under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home.

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