FORSYTH -- Sidney Paulsen Smith, 91, of Forsyth, passed away April 12, 2019, surrounded by family in his home. Sid was born in Lake Forest, IL on March 10, 1928, son of Sidney and Emma (Paulsen) Smith. Sid graduated from Lake Forest High School and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1946. He served in the USMC Fire Department, Quantico, VA during his enlistment. Following his service, he enrolled at Millikin University, where he joined the men’s fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi. With the outbreak of the Korean War, he was recalled to active duty and served from 1951-52 as a Drill Instructor at Parris Island, SC attaining the rank of Sergeant. Upon his second discharge he resumed his studies in Industrial Engineering at Millikin, receiving a Bachelors Degree in 1954. While at Millikin, he met Patricia Talbert and they married on December 19, 1953.
After graduation, Sid and Pat made their home in the Decatur area. Sid went to work for Caterpillar Tractor in 1957 and was employed in a number of capacities, retiring in 1986 as a Manager in Purchasing. Sid was a member of First United Methodist Church where he was active in the Covenant Class and church life. He was active in the Boy Scouts and served on the advisory board for Troop 11. He had strong ties with family and friends. He was an avid dog lover and greatly enjoyed gardening, and his beloved north woods cabin. After retirement Sid and Pat enjoyed travel with Elderhostel and volunteered with Meals on Wheels.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, his parents, and a brother, Edward. He is survived by his brother, Lawrence, two sons, Sidney Smith of Lake Forest, IL, Daniel (Theresa) Smith of Nederland, CO, and a daughter, Susan (Jeffrey) Freeman of Decatur, IL, together with four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, The Humane Society, or First United Methodist Church. Semper Fi.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com.