Howard Allen Smith Went to be with the Lord Thursday, June 26th, 2014. His final days were spent surrounded with loved ones. He was 89. Graveside services will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 2nd, at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Lacey, WA. Howard was born January 1, 1925 in San Diego, CA to Wilbur and Vera (Moore) Smith. Howard was one of nine children. When World II began, Howard enlisted in the Army and served in Europe as a paratrooper and demolition expert with the 327th Engineer Battalion, receiving both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After returning home, Howard became a plumber and pipe fitter, a trade he worked at for over 40 years. In 1957 he met Juanita June Matthey, and they were married on August 31, 1957. Howard was preceded in death by his wife June, his parents, and eight of his siblings. He is survived by two daughters, Beverly (Robert) Giannetti of Puyallup, WA and Laurie (Kraig) Penrod of Snohomish, WA, five grandchildren, Brian (Angie), Kevin, Cameron, Kellen, and Serina, and one great-grandson, Kyle, June's sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Richard LeMaster of Clarkston, WA, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the Franciscan Hospice in Tacoma, WA, for the wonderful, loving care they provided for Howard and his family. The family suggests memorial gifts be made to the St. Jude's Children Hospital.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on July 2, 2014