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1934 David 2021

David W. Smith

June 13, 1934 — September 13, 2021

Visitation for David Wayne Smith, 87, of Palatine, will be held on Sunday, September 19, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, 201 N. Northwest Highway, Palatine. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. also at the funeral home. The Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace.

David was born in St. Louis, MO on June 13, 1934 to Harry Wayne and Louise Smith.  He passed away at home on Monday, September 13, 2021.

David was a loving husband, dad and the best grandpa and great-grandpa ever.  He worked many dedicated years at “IMC”, starting his 40+ years there in the hills of Tennessee, ending his career in the Northwest Suburbs of Illinois. He was a long time member of the Elks Club, holding high position of Exulted Ruler. David loved spending many winters vacationing in Sanibel with tons of family.  His favorite pastimes were watching the Cubs, Da Bears, and working on crossword puzzles, as there was never one he couldn’t solve.

David was the father of, the late Barbara Jean Perez, Diana (Greg) Gulik and Mary Louise (Jeff) Reiprich; grandchildren, Jerome, Michelle (Ron), Benjamin (Dannielle), the late Christian, Jessica, Aaron (Julie), Joseph, and Kimberlee (Trevor);  13 great-grandchildren, with more on the way; son-in-law, Jerry Perez; nephew, Greg (Trina) Smith; his niece, Laurie (Ed) King; and Diane’s grandson, Jason.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Diane J. Smith and his brother, Robert (Louise) Smith.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be appreciated, in David’s memory, to The American Heart Association at or The Alzheimer’s Association at

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