Rod Smith

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Roderick “Rod” Alvin Smith, 85, of Belleville, IL, born February 25, 1934, in East St. Louis, IL, died Friday, July 19, 2019, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Rod received a bachelor’s degree from SIUE and then worked for the Federal Government and State of Missouri for 35 years before his retirement. After retirement, he worked as a private consultant for the Department of Labor until the present. He was the co-owner / operator of Crystal & Spice Shoppe, along with his wife, Gloria Jean, for the last 36 years.  He was an Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow recipient. Rod was a United States Navy Veteran. He was an artist, musician, and model train enthusiast.  He loved painting and playing the piano.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orace A. and Gladys D., nee Gillespie, Smith; and a brother, A. Wayne Smith.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Gloria Jean, nee Minder, Smith, whom he married on June 25, 1960;
a daughter, Kimberly (Richard) Hankammer;
a son, Todd (Kimberly) Smith;
three grandchildren; William Anthony Espejo Hankammer,
Makayla Lynn Smith, and Andrew Austin Smith;
a sister-in-law, Helen Smith;
and two nephews and their families.

Memorials may be made to the TreeHouse Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2019, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Pastor Shaun McGuire officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


8 Comments on Rod Smith

Adele Moore said : Guest Report Jul 23, 2019 at 12:49 AM

Just got back in town and heard about your dad. So sorry to hear about your loss. After reading his obit it seemed like he lead a full life. Thank you for thinking of TreeHouse. If any memorials come directly to TreeHouse I will let you know. Send your email address to so I can get information to you.

  • Brighton
  • Illinois
Jimmy & Rosan Nelson said : Guest Report Jul 23, 2019 at 12:19 AM

We didn't know Rod that well, but he always treated us as true friends whenever we came to Crystal & Spice for coffee and spices. We are truly thankful to have known him. You are all in our prayers. God Bless

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Del& Mary Santel said : Guest Report Jul 23, 2019 at 12:07 AM

So, so sorry for your loss. Prayers to Todd and Kim and Family. Thinking of you all. Hugs!!!

  • Damiansville
  • IL
Dr. Ricky C. Godbolt said : Guest Report Jul 22, 2019 at 6:35 PM

I work at the US Department of Labor. I spoke to Rod on the telephone and by email. He was a great person! Although I never met him, I feel like I lost a family member. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Washington
  • DC
Colleen Pruitt said : Guest Report Jul 22, 2019 at 5:06 PM

Sending my thoughts and prayers to the entire Smith Family. Rod will be truly missed.

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Alison & Elizabeth said : Guest Report Jul 21, 2019 at 6:58 PM

It has been an honor for us to know Rod. He was a treasure to the community and all the people he met along the way. Blessings to Gloria and the family.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Marilyn Duncan said : Guest Report Jul 20, 2019 at 5:41 PM

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Rod will be missed by all who knew him, a great guy. Love you all always. May God bless and comfort you.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Sonia & Anthony Parrish said : Guest Report Jul 20, 2019 at 4:25 PM

We love you Gloria and your family. Rod will be missed but we will be praying and loving you.

  • millstadt
  • il

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