BLOOMINGTON — Peter H. Smith, 85, Bloomington, went home to be with the Lord at 2:06 p.m. Tuesday (May 3, 2011) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. He had been ill with Parkinson’s disease and pneumonia.
His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Roane Deckert officiating. Burial will follow at Shiloh Cemetery, rural Hopedale. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington.
Memorials may be made to Illinois Veterinary Association in care of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, IL 61801 or Second Presbyterian Church building fund.
He was born Dec. 9, 1925, in Orland Park, son of Peter and Carrie Holm Smith. He graduated from Lockport Township High School in 1943. Peter then entered the U.S. Army and served for four years. Upon leaving the military, he entered the University of Illinois and pursued a degree in veterinary medicine and helped found the Illidel House.
He married Letty Jean Cregar on Sept. 4, 1955, at the Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. He graduated in 1957 and purchased Highland Animal Hospital in Bloomington from where he retired in 1989.
Peter was a member of Second Presbyterian Church for 53 years.
He is survived by his wife, Letty, Bloomington; two sons, Eric, Bloomington, and Bryan, Fort Pierce, Fla.; one daughter-in-law, Susan, Fort Pierce, Fla.; one granddaughter, Leah, Fort Pierce, Fla.; and two sisters, Hazel Heatherwick, Bourbonnais, and Lila Ganser, Largo, Fla.
Peter loved plants, flowers and gardening and was an avid Illini sports fan. He believed in fairness among people and doing things the right way, regardless of the time or effort involved. He was a loving husband, father and grandpa who will be missed by his family and countless friends.