Leland Wilson Smith, Jr. was born October 7, 1944, to Leland Wilson Smith, Sr. and Abbie Angellette (Rednour) Smith in Henderson, Kentucky. The family then moved on to Missouri in 1945. Leland attended and graduated from Tarkio High School, Tarkio, Missouri. Leland peacefully passed away June 12, 2022, at Pleasant View Nursing Home, Rock Port, Missouri, at the age of 77.

Leland was united in marriage to Donna Maurie Jones on September 23, 1966, in Fortescue, Missouri, and they made their home in the Tarkio area. Leland loved to hunt, fish, shoot guns and spend time with his children and grandchildren. He worked for Lester’s Concrete in Tarkio and then the Atchison County Highway Department until retiring in 2005 after 25 years.

Besides his parents, Leland was preceded in death by infant brother Gregory Smith, wife Donna Maurie Smith, and son William Eugene Smith. Survivors include brother, Robert Smith and wife Jeana of Shenandoah, Iowa; son, Robert Wayne Smith and wife Amy of Rock Port; daughter, Lisa Gish and husband Danny of Tarkio; grandchildren, Gregory Smith (Taryn) of Tarkio, Timothy Smith (Jamie) of Macon, Georgia, Nathan Smith of Macon, Abbie Loper (Duke) of Tarkio, Daniel Gish (Kitney) of St. Joseph, Missouri, Raelynn Gish (Caleb) of Springfield, Missouri, Brianna and Kalynn Smith of Rock Port, Darain Horr (Haley) of St. Joseph, Alissa and Arthur Reeves of Peru, Nebraska, and Samantha, Sabrina, and Micheal Wright; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Monday, June 20, 2022, at Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Allen-Schiffern American Legion Post #199, Tarkio. Arrangements were under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio. Online condolences may be left at www.minterfuneralchapels.com.