Monroe "Bud" Earl Smith III

July 19, 1966December 31, 2020

Monroe Earl Smith III, “Bud”, 54, of Marengo, passed away Thursday, December 31, 2020 with family by his side at Journey Care Hospice in Barrington, IL of complications from pneumonia, cancer and a stroke.

He was born to Monroe E. Smith Jr. and Joyce (Hall) Smith on July 19, 1966 in Belvidere, IL. He lived most of his life in the Marengo-Union area as well as Island Lake. He attended Riley School, Evergreen Park School(Union)and Marengo High School. He was a skilled laborer and worked in construction. He was always willing to help his friends and family with any task. He was engaged to his beloved fiancé Lynn Benson and remained by her side until her death in 2015.

Bud enjoyed fishing in Wisconsin and Illinois with his late father, brother, brother-in-law, nephews, cousins, and friends whenever he had the opportunity. He loved spending time on any lake, especially with Lynn on Island Lake. On game days you could be sure he was watching the Bears, Cubs, or Blackhawks decked out in the teams’ apparel. Bud was always ready for a game of pinochle. He loved his nieces and nephews as if they were his own and was always ready with a big hug. He cherished his dog Payton and cats Franny and Earl. Always quick with a one-liner or dirty joke he loved to laugh and make others laugh as well. He will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his sister, Stacey (Jim) Hare Jr. of Marengo, IL; brother, Nicklas Smith Sr. of Racine, WI; his nephews and nieces, Benjamin (Sarah) Hare Sr. of Carol Stream, IL, Lizabeth (Marco Sr.) Hernandez of Decatur, IL, Anastasia Hare (Carmen Sacco) of Marengo, IL, James Hare III of Marengo, IL, and Nicklas Smith Jr. of Olympia, WA.; great nieces and nephews, Connor, Nora, Avelyn, JR, MJ, and Porter; and many dear extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his fiancée, Lynn Benson; his parents, Monroe Jr. and Joyce (Hall) Smith; his in-laws to have been John E. and Carolyn (Liegeler) Benson; his sister-in-law, Ashley (Strauss) Smith; his grandparents, Monroe Sr. and Inez (Funderburk) Smith and Albert and Anna (Legler) Hall.

Special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital Intensive Care Unit and Journey Care Hospice of Barrington, IL.

Memorial arrangements to be determined and postponed at this time.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation at, the Oral Cancer Foundation, or to JourneyCare Hospice at

Arrangements entrusted to Marengo-Union Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at


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Dale Brandt

January 4, 2021

We terrorized Union in grade school and spent time together on the wrestling team in High school. Buddy was always a friend and funny as all got out.
We use to bomb cars with snow balls when we were kids in Union.
Buddy got chased down by a couple of guys one night and they pelted him with snow balls until he said he was sorry. I never laughed so hard in all my life.
Going to miss you my old friend.

Brad Dodds

January 4, 2021

Always remember his great smile and good conversation over a beer or 2. RIP my friend

Robert Merz

January 4, 2021

Sorry for your lose. I'm glad I had the chance to know Buddy as a Riley Viking and a Marengo Indian. I believe Buddy was on my Little League Team too, the White Sox.

Sandra Reinhard

January 3, 2021

Such a good soul. Heaven is in for a treat. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Smith family. RIP Buddy.

Tom Popovich

January 3, 2021

So young, so sad!!!I knew Buddy for about the last 10 years of his life. He treasured Lynn both before and after she passed. Buddy was a very kind soul- he had a big heart for his pets and for his friends. He did not have a mean bone in his body.
Marengo is a little less well-off today because of Buddy’s early passing. Whenever I pass thru Marengo, I will always think of him.

Nancy Smith

January 3, 2021

We met Buddy through our friends Larry and Cathy Schultz when we moved to Pingree Grove in 1991. He was so easy going, polite and fun to be around. The last I saw him was at a memorial for Larry at Cathy's before we moved to Florida. My husband Bob and I are so sorry for his family's loss and the loss to all others that were still close to him. ❤

Kelly Greer

January 3, 2021

So sorry to the Smith family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Love Jon and Kelly Greer

Katy Fees

January 3, 2021

Bud, so many memories, I can’t pick just one. I knew you my entire life, all the adventures we had, the laughs, the tears, ... my children called you ‘uncle Bud’. You touched our lives in so many ways. I will miss u my friend ❤️