Marvin Dale Smith, age 78, passed from this life on January 11, 2017 at his home near Milan, MO.

Marvin Dale Smith, age 78, passed from this life on January 11, 2017 at his home near Milan, MO.

The son of Coleman and Imogene (Dickerson) Smith. He was born on August 13, 1938, near rural Lemons, MO. On September 15, 1957 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Kaye (Young) Smith at the United Methodist Church of Green City, MO, and observed 59 years of marriage together. Dorothy survives at the home. To this union three children were born; Cindy Sue (Frank) Moyer of Kansas City, MO, Darren Dale (Deana) Smith of Kansas City, MO, and Mitzi Dawn (Greg) Shipley of Unionville, MO. They have seven grandchildren; Natalie Moyer, Joshua (Beth) Moyer, Ryan (Abi) Moyer, Destiny Smith, Devon Smith, Jacob Shipley, and Samantha Shipley, two great-grandsons; Brycen Moyer and Mason Moyer, one step-grandson; Christopher (Andrea) Moyer, and two step-great grandsons; Corbin and Carter Moyer, one sister; Carolyn (Ron) Baldwin, two nephews; Bradley Baldwin and Brian (Amanda) Baldwin, one great-niece; Taylor Baldwin, two great-nephews; Ryder and Hunter Baldwin, one aunt Bernice Smith, of Tampa, FL, several cousins, and many in-laws survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and a special aunt—Thelma (Dickerson) Eaton.

Marvin attended first grade in Melrose Park, IL, second grade at Lemons, MO, and started third grade at Milan, and was a graduate of Milan High School in 1956. Marvin had a love for the game of football and also enjoyed frequently watching the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, and Missouri Tigers. He was a charter member of the Milan Jaycees receiving many honors, is listed in the Outstanding Young Men of America, received his 50 year pin from Seaman Lodge AM & FM #126 at Milan, and 50 year pin from Moila Temple Shrine at St. Joseph, MO.

Never afraid of work, as a small boy he delivered the Kansas City Star, St. Joseph Gazette, and Grit all over the town of Milan. He worked his entire life in the automobile business, starting as a young boy working for his father at Hi-Way Motors in Milan. In 1964, he started his own business on East Third Street known as Milan Motor Co. He and Dorothy had a new garage built in 1974, and continued running a very successful business until his health failed and they sold the business in 2004. After regaining his strength, he continued to work with his son Darren’s business, Prestigious Auto Mart in Gladstone, MO, traveling to the car auctions every week. He survived cancer for 20 years, defeating it twice, before congestive heart failure took over. He was well known at auto auctions in Denver, CO; Minneapolis, MN; Mason City and Des Moines, IA; Hiawatha, KS; Decatur and Chicago, IL; Kansas City, St. Joe, Columbia, MO; as well as many more auctions and dealerships throughout the United States. He was a previous member of the National Automobile Dealers Association and the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association. He was trusted by his many generations of loyal and valued customers.

Funeral services for Marvin will be 1:30 PM, Monday, January 16, 2017 at Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan. Burial will follow at the Lemons Cemetery in Lemons, Missouri. A visitation is scheduled for 5:00 to 8:00 PM, Sunday, January 15th at the funeral home.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children and may be sent to Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home, 120 West Fourth Street, Milan, Missouri 63556.