Elbridge Walker Smith, age 90, was born Nov. 30, 1918, in Whitehall to Elbridge Milton and Sarah Walker Smith. He was raised and educated in Virginia City.
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He married Dorothy L. Lichte in 1940.
He worked in mining and ranching and was good at both. He lived and worked in both the Madison Valley and Ruby Valley. He worked in the shipyards in Seattle during World War II, and later in Richland, Wash., for Hanford Atomic Energy. He then returned to ranch work and mining for the Anaconda Co. and Cyprus and Amoco Talc Mine at Ennis for 15 years.
Upon retiring, he bought his own ranch at Reed Point in 1979. He continued to ranch there until his death on Feb. 4, 2009. He died peacefully and content on the ranch with his wife of 68 years at his side.
He was able to raise livestock which he loved until his death because of his son, Richard, and great neighbors.
He loved his family, especially children, his animals, and elk hunting.
He is survived by his wife; his children, Milton and Janice of Minot, N.D., and Richard and Sharon of Three Forks; grandchildren, Craig and Janice Smith of Sioux Falls, S.D., Jill and Craig Foss of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Amber and Doug Moorhead of Minot, N.D., Kimberly and Lyle Faulkinberry, and Sherri and Gary Pronto, both of Harlem, and Clinton and Jeneffer Smith of Belgrade; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Garth Smith; and four sisters, Vera Romey, Muriel Browne, Geraldine Lane, and Mary Ellen Smith.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at Hillside Cemetery in Virginia City, the Rev. Vern Grotzke officiating.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
K&L Mortuaries is in charge of arrangements.
K & L Mortuaries
103 1st Ave E
Three Forks, MT 59752
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 7, 2009