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Floyd L. Smeltser
February 15, 1921 - May 8, 2013
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Floyd L. Smeltser, 92, of Alexandria, MO, passed away on Wednesday, May 08, 2013 in his home.

Floyd was born February 15, 1921, in Warsaw, IL to Bert and Mabel Symmonds Smeltser. He married Mary Alice Pruett in 1942.

Floyd lived most of his life in Alexandria except the few years he lived in St. Louis, MO, where he attended barber school. He went on to own a barber shop, Smeltser's Clip Joint, in Alexandria where he would give a quarter to each child after he cut their hair.

Floyd served in the US Army during WWII. He was a past mayor of Alexandria and also a past fire chief of Alexandria. He was a member of the Wayland Special Road District for 35 years, and a member of both the Evangelical Free Church and the New Testament Christian Church, both of Keokuk. He was also an avid commercial fisherman and enjoyed working in his garden.

He is survived by four children: Roger (Kitty) Smeltser of Hamilton, IL, Pam (Wayne) Wright of Wayland, MO, Kathy (Mike) Carr of Keokuk, IA and Steve Smeltser of Wayland, MO; daughter-in-law, Tina Smelter of Alexandria, MO; three brothers, Don (Julie) Smeltser of Wayland, MO, Dallas (Barb) Smeltser of Alexandria, MO, and Albert Smeltser of Hamilton, IL; 14 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three children, Debora, Floyd Jr. (Snooky), and David Smeltser; three brothers, Jim, Bill and Ed; and a sister, Ruth Reynolds.

The family would like to thank Dallas and Barb Smeltser who went the extra mile for Floyd and his family and all the care they provided.

A celebration of his life will be at 1:00 pm, Friday, May 10, 2013, at DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Center at 917 Blondeau Street in Keokuk. Burial with military rites will follow in Keokuk National Cemetery.

Friends may call after 10 am on Friday, May 10, 2013, at DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Center at 917 Blondeau Street in Keokuk.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Northeast Missouri, 201 S. Baltimore, Suite C, Kirksville, MO 63501.
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Visitation Information

There will be no formal visitation with the family, though friends are welcome to visit at this time.

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Date & Time

Fri, May 10, 2013
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Location

DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Center/Blondeau
917 Blondeau Street
Keokuk, Iowa 52632


Service Information

Map & Driving Directions

Date & Time

Fri, May 10, 2013
1:00 PM


Location

DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Center/Blondeau
917 Blondeau Street
Keokuk, Iowa 52632


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Chris Davis
May 15, 2013

So sorry to hear to hear of Floyd's passing. He was an icon in Alexandria. I was one of the recipients of a quarter for a haircut. Prayers to the family.

Kevin Fox
May 14, 2013

I interviewed Floyd on his WWII experiences and stopped by and visited with him from time to time. What a great man and a great generation. He and my dad (Bud - David Fox ) were friends and fished together back in the go... more

May 14, 2013
I interviewed Floyd on his WWII experiences and stopped by and visited with him from time to time. What a great man and a great generation. He and my dad (Bud - David Fox ) were friends and fished together back in the good ole days. I have no doubt that they are throwing web in their faces right now somewhere. I look forward to seeing them both again. Kevin Fox

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Herb Sohl
May 13, 2013

I was a long time friend with Floyd. He was certainly one of the friendliest men I have ever known. I was also good friends with Snooky. Mr. Smeltser was a tribute to the wonderful river town of Alexandria. May you res... more

May 13, 2013
I was a long time friend with Floyd. He was certainly one of the friendliest men I have ever known. I was also good friends with Snooky. Mr. Smeltser was a tribute to the wonderful river town of Alexandria. May you rest in peace.

Herb Sohl
Diane Monical
May 13, 2013

Our sympathy to all the family - even tho I was from Keokuk I always thought of Alex. as my second home. Our prayers to all of you.

gary pfeiferling
May 11, 2013

RIP

Penny mortimer
May 10, 2013

To the family so sorry we missed the celebration we were just notified this afternoon; we knew Floyd all our lives and liked and appreciated him for all the work he did for Alexandria, and the Special Road District; but ... more

May 10, 2013
To the family so sorry we missed the celebration we were just notified this afternoon; we knew Floyd all our lives and liked and appreciated him for all the work he did for Alexandria, and the Special Road District; but most of all the man he was and the friend he was to all the people he met. He will be truely missed by all he was a great piece of history of our city and a great person to call a friend. prayers and sympathy from our family to yours. penny & jerry (scobee) mortimer

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