Herman R. “Smitty” Smith Jr., of Keizer, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. He was 94 years old.
Born May 31, 1917 in Richie, Ill. to Herman R. Smith Sr. and Helga Wenstrom, he’s a graduate of Wilmington High School and the University of Illinois. He served as part of Gen. George Patton’s Third Army during World War II, and landed on Utah Beach. He also was injured in combat during the Korean War. He was awarded numerous medals.
He married Elaine Kern Sherfy in Columbus, Ga. on March 3, 1948. He worked in marketing after his retirement from the U.S. Army and later founded Gulf Winds Trucking.
He was a Freemason and Keizer Elk, and his hobbies included volunteering for the Red Cross, crossword puzzles, coins, reading and ham radio.
He was preceded in death by son James. Survivors include: his wife, Elaine; children, Geoffrey of Keizer, Melanie L. Hornback of Vine Grove, Ky., Mary Ann Cooper of Grovespring, Mo. And Herman R. III of Kent, Wa.; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A remembrance reception was held at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, and interment will full honors was at Willamette National Cemetery on Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Memorial contributions may be made to United PAWS of Tillamook, PO Box 159, Tillamook, OR 97141.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Barath Krishnamurthy and staff, Dr. Gloria Alexander, Dr. Nancy Boutin, Salem Hospital and the Keizer Fire District.
Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.