GOWER, Mo. - Harold Lee Smith, 86, of Gower, passed away July 2, 2019.

He was born on March 22, 1933, to Harold Rotchford and Alma Lee (Poage) Smith, in Gower, where he grew up and graduated in 1951, from Gower High School.

He served his country in the U.S. Army with the Military Police from 1953 to 1955.

Nov. 14, 1959, he was united in marriage to Barbara Lou Osburn. After their marriage, they lived in Ft. Worth, Texas, and in 1967 they moved to the family farm, where Harold built their home, farmed, and worked at TWA. Harold retired from TWA in 1993 after 26 years.

Harold was a member of Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge #269 in St. Joseph, and a former member of the Gower American Legion #393. He also served on the Clinton County Zoning Board for 20 years.

Harold was an avid gardener and enjoyed working in the yard and being outdoors. He especially delighted in watching and playing with his farm kittens. Harold was a wonderful, loving, and generous husband, dad, grandpa, and friend.

Harold was preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Gene Smith; and sisters, Mary Jo Bent, Helen McDaniel, and Sarah Norris.

He is survived by: his wife, Barbara Smith; children, Laura (Dan) Naas and Danny (Lori) Smith; grandchildren, Valerie (Dustin) Hatcher, Amy Naas, Kristen (Mike) Fernandez, Stephen Smith, and Evan Smith; several nieces and nephews; other relatives, and many friends.

Masonic Lodge Service: 5 p.m. with Visitation following until 8 p.m. Monday, July 8, at Gower Christian Church AFC Building.

Funeral Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower

Burial: Mt. Zion Cemetery, Gower

Donations may be made to Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.