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Philip J. Smethers

January 11, 1954 — April 5, 2023


Philip Joseph Smethers, 69 of Knoxville, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, after a short battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Pine Knolls Country Club in Knoxville. Memorials may be made to Crisis Intervention Services in Oskaloosa where Philip had served on the board, or The Comfort House in Pella where he spent his final days.

Philip was born on January 11, 1954, in Decatur, Illinois to Joseph and Dorothy (Conder) Smethers. He grew up in Decatur, graduating from St. Teresa High School. He went on to Illinois State University, then graduated from Drake University as a Pharmacist. He loved his work and worked in several pharmacies, retiring from Knoxville Hospital. After retiring he did some contract work around Iowa.

Phil was a loving brother, uncle, son and friend.  He had a passion for riding his Harley, taking many trips around the US.  He was an avid outdoor sportsman, loved going to the ocean and living on a lake, he loved to fish. When the nieces and nephews visited, the Princess pole always caught the most fish. 

Those also left to cherish his memory are his siblings: Ann Nahm of Arnold, MO, David Smethers (Kathy) of Boise, ID, and Elizabeth Demboski (Mark) of Normal, IL as well as many nieces and nephews he had grown very close to.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Dorothy and a great niece.  Phil was blessed to have a group of special neighbors and friends who shared his life.


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Saturday, April 22, 2023

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