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Clyde "Smitty" Smith      March 2, 2008

     Clyde "Smitty" Smith, 83, Warsaw, passed away on March 2, 2008.
     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 Cypress.
     Memorials to Our Father's House, Warsaw.    (10-19-2010)

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