Dr. Sidney Smith


Dr. Sidney A. Smith, 95, of Oskaloosa, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2022, at Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa.

Sidney Allen Smith, son of Cecil and Pearl (Cochran) Smith, was born on April 18, 1927, at his parent’s farm near Fremont, Iowa. He was awarded his Fremont High School diploma early and entered the U.S. Navy on April 13, 1945. He served as a medic at the U.S. Navy Training Station in Farragut, Idaho. He was discharged on November 25, 1946, and then enrolled in pre-med at the University of Iowa. On September 14, 1952, while in medical school, Sidney married his hometown love, Marilee Gillespie. He completed his medical education in 1953 and served a one-year residency in Sacramento, California. Sid and Marilee returned to Oskaloosa in 1954. Later, he and Dr. Robert Collison founded Family Medical Center, growing it into a multiple specialty practice. Sid will be remembered by many in Oskaloosa as an excellent physician. He retired in 1989 after 35 years of serving the Mahaska County area.

Sid enjoyed his career and patient interaction; he was an avid golfer and Hawkeye fan. He also enjoyed flying planes, his numerous cars, model trains and fishing in Canada with family and friends.

Sid’s family includes his children: Jan (Steve) Oldfield of Windsor Heights, Iowa, Randy Smith of Lake Dallas, Texas, and Greg (Tracy) Smith of Omaha, Nebraska; three grandchildren: Alex (Becca) Smith of Orlando, Florida, Ian Smith of Omaha, Nebraska and Hunter Smith of Temple, Texas.

In addition to his parents, Sidney was preceded in death by his wife, Marilee, on May 6, 1993, and three sisters: Pauline, Eleanor, and a toddler sister.

Memorials services for Sidney will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, October 28, 2022, at Langkamp Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jon Nelson of Central Church officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Oskaloosa Honor Guard. As was his wish, Sidney’s body has been cremated. The family will greet visitors from 10 a.m. to service time on Friday morning. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Mahaska Health Foundation for the the Hospice Serenity House. Langkamp Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with his arrangements.

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