In Loving Memory…

Fred W. Smith

Fred W. Smith, 70, of Sedalia, died Monday, July 20th, 2020, surrounded by his family.

He was born March 25, 1950, in Sedalia, the sixth and youngest child of the late William Lee and Emma Freda (Lobaugh) Smith. On May 17, 1974, at Sacred Heart Church, Sedalia, he was united in marriage to Debra “Debbie” Felten, who survives of the home.

Fred was raised in Sedalia and was a 1968 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish and attended Sacred Heart Church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 831.  He lived a good life full of laughter, love, friendship, and family.  He was a God-fearing family man that always put the needs of others before his own.

Fred was the owner and operator of Quality Body Shop for over 40 years. Working there in high school and learning the trade, he purchased the body shop in 1979.  It was here where Fred fulfilled his true calling and passion in life of helping people.  It was well known in the surrounding area that if you had a problem with your car “Fred can fix it”… and fix it he did!  Fred made lifelong friends with many of his customers and co-workers and the body shop was always the go-to hang out.  He was an avid race fan, and he especially loved sprint car racing, attending the Chili Bowl each year.  He also enjoyed NASCAR and had season tickets to the Kansas Speedway.

Fred enjoyed vacations, birthdays, holidays, or just getting together with the people he loved.  He found joy watching his daughter play sports during her school years and was always a caring and supporting father throughout his life.  Fred was especially devoted to his grandsons and took great pride in watching them play and grow. He was adamant about education and setup college saving accounts for his grandsons when they were born.  Fred will be remembered as a caring husband, devoted father, loving grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to all for his smile, his laugh, and his generosity.

In addition to his wife, Debbie, he is survived by a daughter, Lindsey Benson (John), of Columbia; two brothers: David Smith (Dianna), of Sedalia, and Robert “Boomer” Smith (Janet), of Smithton; and two grandsons, Smith David and Brock Charles Benson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three siblings, Emilee Sutherlin, James Smith, and Earl Smith.

A prayer service will begin at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Heckart Funeral Home with visitation to follow until 8:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2020, at Sacred Heart Church with Father Joe Corel presiding.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Dick, Paul “PJ” Dick, Jeffrey Dick, Eric Smith, Tyler Utz, Michael Melvin, Mark Felten, and Noah Sisemore. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Zimmerschied, Bill Utz, Lanny Palmer, Willard Woolery, Bob Pierce, Chad Proctor and Jeff Smith.

Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

The service will be livestreamed on Heckart Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

For Fred’s love of vintage cars, we encourage you to drive your classics in the funeral procession.  He would love to see them all!

Those attending services are asked to wear a mask.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Fred’s grandsons, 529 MOST education fund, or a charity of donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.



28 Responses

  1. He will be dearly missed by everyone that knew him. Prayers to Debbie, Lindsey, John, Smith, Brock and the entire extended family.

  2. TO THE SMITH FAMILY – When we think about all the times that we were together with Fred and Debbie the stories would just come out of the good old school days. Fred was a good friend and he was always there to listen and offer his help if you needed it. Fred will be missed and will always hold a special place in our memories of good times spent together. Our deepest thoughts go out to Debbie and Lindsey. We will miss Fred and our wonderful times together.
    Love, Mike and Glenda Melvin

  3. Special Prayers for you Debbie and Lindsey! He is Now an Always a Guardian Angel for both of you and yours! Prayers for all of Family! Fred was a fantastic guy he will be Greatly Missed!

  4. We will miss Fred’s laugh, smile, and overall happy nature, he was someone everyone loved and wanted to be around! A wonderful friend, husband, dad, and grandpa. We have another wonderful angel in heaven, prayers for the whole family.

  5. Fred was one of Ken’s favorite clients. He always looked forward to his monthly trip to Sedalia so he could spend some time with “Freddie”. We are both heartbroken with his passing. We wish his beloved family peace in the days to come.

  6. We’re so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy. May God give you peace and comfort . With sincere sympathy ????

  7. So very sorry for your loss. Fred was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. May God hold his family in His care during this difficult time

  8. We are deeply sorry for your loss. We will be thinking about and praying for comfort in the days ahead.
    Fred was truly one of my all time favorite people!

  9. Fred was a wonderful man with the most contagious smile that will surely be missed. May God wrap his loving arms around you and the entire family giving you peace knowing that his legacy will live on.

  10. So sorry for your family’s loss. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Fred was a wonderful, kind and decent man. He was always there to calm nerves when we needed help with a fender-bender. We will miss him a lot. We offer our deepest condolences to Debbie and the whole family. God bless you all!
    Jack and Marilyn Arnold

  12. My sympathy to Fred’s family. He was the best auto body repairman! He always had a smile and was willing to help repair anything I took to him. He will be missed.

  13. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during your time of loss. Fred was a kind fellow and a talented car craftsman. God bless you.

  14. So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers for all the family.

  15. Fred was a wonderful man always made me smile,he will be missed. All my love and prayers .

  16. So sorry for your alls loss! Thoughts, prayers and hugs for you all!! I have known Fred since, 1st Grade at Mark Twain and then we graduated together at Smith Cotton. One great friend and man!! ????❤❤????

  17. Debbie, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. I had no idea he was sick. I will truly be praying for you and your family at this difficult time.

  18. We’re so sorry for your loss. Fred was a great guy and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends.

  19. It was a blessing for us and all who knew Fred, with his smile, sense of humor, and unmatched friendliness. Sending our prayers to Debbie and the family on this difficult day.

  20. We are very sorry for your loss. Fred will certainly be missed! Please know that your family is in our prayers.

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