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Dean L. Smith, 76, of Columbia, passed away Monday, March 29, 2010, at University Hospital and Clinics.
Dean was born January 10, 1934, in Lock Springs, to Thesler and Letha Shively Smith, whom preceded him in death. He was married to Joan Carol Rice on March 6, 1981, in Columbia and she survives. Dean was a graduate of Chillicothe High School and attended Chillicothe Business College. He worked for the Missouri Job Service for 36 years, managing the Columbia office from 1969 until his retirement in 1996. He was a proud member of the NRA at the Benefactor level and enjoyed waterfowl hunting. Survivors also include his children, Steve Smith and wife Cathryn of Flippin, Arkansas, Kristi Stricker and husband John of Vancouver, Washington, Scott Smith and wife Patti of Jefferson City, Bev Stephens and husband Bruce of Arizona, and Barb Nunnery and husband Ron of New Bloomfield; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Rex Smith. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. today, Friday, April 2, 2010, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to NRA ILA, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030. Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhome andcemetery.com