Clyde "Smitty" Smith
March 2, 2008
"Smitty" Smith, 83, Warsaw, passed away on March 2,
Clyde was a true American hero.
In 1941, at the age of 17, he joined the Navy. He fought
in seven major campaigns of the South Pacific (Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal
and the Philippines) and the Korean Wars. He survived the
Bikini Island Atomic testing and spent 30 years in the Navy.
He was married to Virginia "Nin"
Smith for 62 years before she died Feb. 10, 2008.
Clyde worked for 25 years at California
State University, Long Beach and ran two small businesses. He
received the prestigious International Award for Volunteerism
from the Los Altos YMCA. Clyde and Virginia lived in Long Beach,
Calif. for 48 years before moving to Warsaw in 2000 to be closer
to his Indiana family.
Clyde was an active member of Sacred
Heart Catholic Church in Warsaw and the Knights of Columbus,
earning his 4th degree.
Dad loved animals, bringing home
strays and was known to be very generous in the community. He
and "Nin" played the neighborhood Santa and Mrs. Claus.
He is survived by a son, Gregory
Smith, California.; two daughters, Christina Marshal, California
and Laura Smith, Oregon; three grandchildren: Sara (and spouse
Jimmy) Holland and Matthew Cloninger, all of California and Christopher
Elder of the U.S. Marine Corps; three brothers: Richard, Forest
and John; a sister, Marilyn; beloved son-in-law Jon; Gary Cloninger,
adopted daughter Paula Palmquist; Charlie and Margie Russell,
Warsaw and other close friends.
He was preceded in death by five
brothers and three sisters.
Services will be in California.
Viewing was March 7 and memorial
Mass celebrating his life was today at St. Maria Goretti Catholic
Church followed by full Military Honors Burial at Forest Lawn
Memorials to Our Father's House,