Wayne Carl Smithart, 78, of Sigourney died at home, Saturday, June 20, 2020. He was born March 17, 1942, in South Plank Township, the son of Leo and May (Cassens) Smithart. Growing up on a small farm in rural Iowa, Wayne graduated from Sigourney High School in 1962 and then was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1964 and served his country for two years while stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, and Fort Benning in Georgia. He married Sandra (Swank) Smithart on May 20, 1966, at Sigourney United Methodist Church. Wayne spent 25 years working in the construction business before becoming a Field Assessor for Keokuk County in 1996, a position he held for 21 years up until his retirement in 2017.At home on their farm in Sigourney, he kept himself busy with small projects around the house, and cherished spending time with his five grandchildren. Wayne was also a passionate supporter of fire departments and emergency services. He and Sandy spent 25 years working with the Keokuk County Disaster Assistance Team, providing food and drinks to first responders at fires and other emergencies across the county.Wayne was beloved by his friends, family, and co-workers for his kind heart and warm demeanor, and had a unique ability to form a lasting relationship with anyone who crossed his path.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Sandra Smithart of Sigourney; two sons Brian (Brenda) Smithart of Altoona, and Jerry Smithart of Sigourney; five grandchildren, Rachel (Blake) Ruane of Chicago , Ill., Katie Smithart of Ankeny, Sarah Smithart of Altoona, Paige Smithart of Sigourney and Zach Smithart of Sigourney; brother Eugene (Lana) Smithart of La Crosse, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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