Gregory Lynn Smith, 73, of Stewardson IL, entered the loving arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 5:55 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 23, 2021, in Windsor Christian Church with Pastor Jim Augenstein officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, in the Windsor Christian Church. Burial will take place in Cochran’s Grove Cemetery in Windsor, IL. Memorials may be made in Greg’s name to the Montadale Junior Sheep Breeders Association, Attn: Kendra Fleck, 47289 Highway 324, Brookings, SD, 57006. Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor, IL is assisting the family.
Born on August 19, 1948, to John and Helen Smith of Stewardson, IL. Greg became a shepherd at the age of six when his grandfather gifted him with his first sheep. He continued to grow his flock, participating in Shelby County 4-H, Stewardson-Strasburg FFA and the county fair circuit as well as the Illinois State Fair. Greg continued in his journey by competing on the Southern Illinois University livestock judging team. Greg met Cinda, his wife of 51 years, doing what he loved, showing sheep on the county fair circuit. Greg, Cinda and family worked together to grow and improve their flock over the years where they would compete at the county, state and national levels winning countless awards. Due to Greg’s depth of knowledge, it was his honor to judge sheep at the county, state and national levels across the United States.
Greg’s love for sports grew from his participation in athletics at Stew-Stras High School and continued into adulthood where he was a member of the Tate Farm Equipment fastpitch softball team that was inducted into the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame. He was a lifelong fan of University of Illinois sports and the Chicago Cubs. Greg was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing with friends and family.
Greg was a member of Windsor Christian Church serving in the capacity of deacon in recent years. His faith in Christ led him to witness to others and he was never afraid to share his love of God with those around him.
Greg married his wife, Cinda (Sork) Smith on September 6, 1970, in Fairfield, IL. Greg is survived by Cinda, sons, Chad (Brigit) Smith and Ethan (Annie) Smith and grandsons, Wyatt (Katie) Smith, Briar, Ty and Ace Smith, all of Stewardson, IL. Brother, David (Karen) Smith of Windsor, IL, sisters, Joy (Rich) Shumard of Mode, IL, Carol Smith of Asheville, NC and Cathy (Michael) Heath of Benton, AR. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Greg was preceded in death by his parents, John and Helen (Spencer) Smith and infant brother, Phillip Smith.
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
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Montadale Junior Sheep Breeders Association
47289 Hwy 324 Attn: Kendra Fleck, Brookings SD 57006