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Neal Douglas Smith, 66 of Raytown, MO passed away February 20th, 2022, after a short but fierce battle with cancer. A visitation will be held 10:00 AM-11:00 AM on Friday February 25th at Connection Point Church in Raytown, MO. A memorial service will follow at 11:00.
He was born on November 29th, 1955. His parents were Cecil William Smith and Lena Bell (Sears) Smith of Kansas City, MO. Neal graduated from Ruskin High School in 1973 where he excelled in music. He went on to join the Marine Corps where he met the love of his life Penny Louise (Massie) Smith and they were married on September 27th ,1975. They recently celebrated 46 years of marriage.
Neal loved to spend time on the water. After he retired, Neal spent his free time sailing. More recently, Neal enjoyed spending his winters on a beach in Florida, fishing, shooting sports and was a ham radio enthusiast. Neal’s true lifelong passion was music. Neal was a gifted musician and composer. He served in multiple church orchestras over the years. He also played in many groups including the Medical Arts Symphony in Kansas City. He never met a stranger and he loved being around people. When his health didn’t allow him to socialize anymore, Neal used social media to stay connected.
Neal is survived by his wife, Penny Smith; three children, Allison Weaver (Larry), Nicholas Smith (Claire), Ryan Smith, and Victor Wagner. Neal is also survived by his mother, Lena Smith; his sister Cindy Kirn (Joe); 4 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.
Neal is preceded in death by his father, Cecil Smith.
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the National Foundation for Transplants in memory of Neal Smith.
Craig Euritt says
I met Niel. At a graduation, Niel bought me dinner that night. And welcomed me in his home the next, actually his whole family… I’m so sorry for your loss. Just know he’s in a better place and knowing Niel made me a better man. That’s a fact.
Craig Euritt says
So, Neal? You got the last laugh.. I learned to spell on a chalk board, and or a pencil and paper… old school
Stephanie Bennett says
I’m so sorry to hear of Neal’s passing. Penny, you and the whole family are all in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord comfort you all during this time and hard days ahead. I love you and sending love for you all! ???