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Charles M. Smith Sr.

Charles M. Smith Sr.

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DAVENPORT — Charles (Charlie) M. Smith Sr., 65, of Davenport, died at his home Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. He was born March 25, 1948, in Louisville, Ky., to Frank G. Smith Jr and Dorothy (Meyer) Smith. He married his wife, Janice (Myers) Smith, on June 28, 1969. He earned his bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University, and his master's from Harvard University. He worked at the Rock Island Arsenal for 31 years. In honor of his service, he received the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the highest civilian service award. In his retirement, he wrote and published the book “War for Profit,” and wrote many articles for the website Truthout. He enjoyed reading philosophy, listening to the Grateful Dead and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Janice, of Davenport; brother, Frank G. Smith, and wife, Pat, of Aiken, S.C.; sister, Francie Cuffney, and husband, Tom, of Raleigh, N.C.; son, Charles M. Smith Jr., and wife, Bridget, of Arlington Heights, Ill.; daughter, Meg Smith, of Chicago; daughter, Sarah Smith and partner, Tyler Ostergaard, of Nashville Tenn.; and two wonderful grandchildren, Alex and Carrie, of Arlington Heights, Ill.

Arrangements are being made with The Runge Mortuary. The family will hold a private service for friends and family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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