Published in the Interest of the Staunton Community for Over 143 Years


Herman E. Smith, 85, died at his residence near Worden, Ill., on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. He was born Oct. 15, 1937, in East St. Louis, a son of the late Don and Wilmoth (Swain) Smith. He married Janice Y. Radford on Dec. 17, 1955, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 20, 2008.

He worked as a quality manager at Granite City Steel in Granite City for 43 years. He was a member of Worden Christian Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Donna (Roger) Graves of Worden; one son, Brian (Rebecca) Smith of Monclove, Ohio; five grandchildren, Seth (Alicia) Yates, Rebecca (Jim) Loduca, Jeremy (Courtney) Yates, Bradley (Gabriella) Stumpf, Micaela Collins; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Ann Hoagland of Birch Tree, Mo .; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Annette Christine Smith; two brothers, Herschel and Don Smith; and sister, Susan Moss.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m. at Williamson Funeral Home. Interment will be at Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be left online at

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