Darrell E. Smith

Darrell E. 
Darrell E. Smith, age 68, of Lincoln, Missouri passed away on July 4, 2019, at his home after a courageous 3 year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on November 25, 1950 at Dr. Salley’s office in Warsaw, Missouri, to Henry Wilson Smith and Dortha L. (Sumners) Smith as number 11 of 15 children. He attended Feaster School until he completed 8th grade and then graduated with the class of 1968 from Warsaw High School.
Darrell was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He served from May 14, 1970 until January 5, 1972. He completed his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and his AIT training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. During AIT he was awarded his units “Strong Man Award” which was surprising to some since he was 5’8” and only 130 lbs. While in Vietnam, he served with the 3/5th US Calvary “Black Knights”. Here he made and lost many friends. On May 13, 1971, just one day short of a full year in the Army, Darrell was severely wounded when his tank hit a land mine. While he was in the unit hospital, they came under attack and with a broken jaw, broken collar bone and broken back he was given a gun in his hospital bed and helped out to the front lines where he was wounded again. He completed his service to the United States at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Darrell was awarded several awards for marksmanship including an expert qualification badge with rifle, grenade bars, machine gun bar and sharpshooter with automatic rifle bar during his time in the military. However the ones he was most proud of was his Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars. He always said that President Nixon was the best President we ever had because he let him out of the Army early.
At the age of 16, Darrell started working for Fajen Gunstocks and finished his career with Wenig Gunstocks after 40 plus years. His work was very well respected in the custom gunstock community and he was given the opportunity to design the grip and forearm of the 100th Anniversary Marlin gun. He did checkering designs for some of the largest gun manufacturers in the world as well as many celebrities and professional trap shooters and was featured in many magazines and feature articles. He was called by one magazine an “Artist in Wood”.
On January 16, 1972, he was united in marriage to Debra Ann Turpen in Warsaw, Missouri. The made their home in the Warsaw area until 1995 when they moved to Lincoln, Missouri. He loved hunting, fishing, traveling in the summer to the mountains, looking at old muscle cars, watching westerns and going to all his grandchildren’s ballgames and activities. He absolutely loved to spend time with his grandchildren and was a great Papa. He also loved to spend time with all his “Army Buddies” he met while in Vietnam. Darrell never met a stranger and would talk to anyone at anytime, which was ironic considering he was painfully shy as a kid. Many will say he was a faithful and loyal friend. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and was a member of the American Legion Post #217 in Warsaw, Missouri. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln, Missouri. Darrell had many nicknames through this life. He was known as “Smitty”, “Cotton” and “Dewalt”.
He was preceded in death by his parents, twin sisters Mearl and Pearl Smith, his sister Leona (Smith) McNutt and brothers Lester Smith, Eldon Smith and Delbert Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Debra “Debbie” of the home and his 3 children, daughter Tracy Mais (Mike) of Warsaw, Missouri and sons, Greg W. Smith of Lincoln and David E. Smith (Allison) of Raymore, Missouri and his grandchildren, Makayla Mais, Genesis Smith, Greg M. Smith, Elijah J. Smith and Dayla Walker and his “bonus” grandchildren, Amber (Mais) Peck, Cristen (Mais) Snyder, Sean Mais, Breanna Constable and Blaire Constable.
He is also survived by his brothers, Elbert Smith, Clifton Smith, Ronald Smith, and Ivan Smith and his sisters, Sharlene Kellner, Armolene Walker, Vaneta Glenn and Joyce Cardwell, brothers-in-laws, sisters-in-laws, nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Funeral Services were held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at the Reser Funeral Home in Warsaw, Missouri.  Visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral from 10:00 until 11:00 A.M.  Graveside Services and Military Rites followed the funeral at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Warsaw.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Fund.