Daniel Thomas Smith, 53, of Sedalia, died Sunday, December 6, 2015, at his home.  He was born on September 8, 1962, at Kansas City, Missouri, a son of Bob Wayne and Ethel Louise (Smith) Smith.

In 1970, he moved with his family to Cole Camp and attended Benton County R-1.  On May 24, 1980, in Cole Camp, he was united in marriage to Sherri L. Heavner, who survives of the home.  This union was blessed with the gift of five children:  Ashley Ann, Shelly Lynn, Meagan Nichole, Mallorie Danielle, and Joshua Daniel.

He served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corp.  After his discharge from the service in 1983, he worked construction in the Cole Camp area and for Mid-MO Steel.  He  moved to Kansas City and worked in maintenance for Security Unlimited and as a mechanic for  Blue Spring Ford, D & R Automotive in Lee's Summit, and Perkins Automotive in Peculiar.  In 2007, he moved to Sedalia and was a self-employed mechanic.

He enjoyed spending time with his family outdoors, metal detecting, collecting coins, stamps and anything that was unusual.  He loved history and was an amazing teacher.

He is survived by:
his wife Sherri of the home;
four daughters, Ashley Wyatt and James of Warrensburg, Shelly Smith and Tara of Warsaw, Meagan Smith and Jay Sutterby of Sedalia, and Mallorie Smith of Sedalia;
one son, Joshua Smith of Blue Springs;
two sisters, Susan Jones of Lee's Summit and Lori Topia and Phillipe of Sedalia;
two brothers, Robert Smith and Brenda of Santee, California, and Roger Smith and Cindy of Lee's Summit; and
nine grandchildren, Jaycee Michael, Gunner Michael, Kyleigh Beacher, Jayson Sutterby, Jaidyn Sutterby, Carter Sutterby, Mason Morton, Karmyn Smith, and Kase Day.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Ethel Smith.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2015, at Cole Camp Cemetery, near Cole Camp with Pastor Jason Veale officiating.

The family suggests memorial contributions be given to the family in care of the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.