John J. Smith
John J. Smith
  • July 22, 1967 - November 26, 2017
  • Mchenry, Illinois

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John J. Smith, 50, of Prairie Grove passed away November 26, 2017.
He was born July 22, 1967 in Woodstock to James and Lucille (Leon) Smith. John loved the water and the beach. His first job was as a professional water skier at Sea World in Texas. He then came back to the Chicagoland area where he was a Union Carpenter.
John was a man with a big heart and strong faith. He always cared for others before himself. John had an unconditional love for his children. In many ways, he was a big kid himself. His love for his family showed in the care he provided for his mother, his support of all family activities, and he never missed an opportunity to tell people how much he loved them.
John did have struggles which he battled most of his life. He was a strong advocate of Celebrate Recovery and Alcoholics Anonymous. He was always there for others as they went through their own struggles and help in whatever way he could.
He is survived by his mother, Lucille Smith; his children, Shelby (Seth) Fowler, Kelsey (Blaire) Sullivan, and Austin Smith; his children's mothers, Sandy Lane-Smith and Kim Yetterberg; his step-children, Jason Eagen and Felicia Dreher; his siblings, Nanette Smith, Laurette Smith, Joe (Mary) Smith, Sharon (Don) Purdom, Karen (Jim) Crocco, and Tony (Michelle) Smith; dear friends, Bob and Helen Foster; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father James Q. Smith, and his brothers, James "Corky" Smith and Larry Smith.
There will be a visitation from 4:30 to 5pm with a Memorial Service at 5pm on Friday, December 1 at Willow Creek Church, 100 S Main St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. There will be refreshments to follow from 6 to 7pm.
There will be a Memorial Mass celebrated at 11am on Saturday, December 9 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 451 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a fund set up for Austin's education at, search In Loving Memory of John Jay Smith.
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