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Edward Smith

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Edward E. Smith Smitty , 96 of Topeka, passed away January 7, 2013, at the Veterans Community Living Center in Topeka. He was born July 25, 1916 on the family farm east of Westmoreland, KS the son of Raymond Smith and Saxon Holder-Smith. Smitty was the second oldest of ten children, eight boys and two girls. After his schooling, Smitty worked in a blacksmith shop, and then joined the Civilian Conservation Corps before entering the Army on July 13, 1942. He was 26 years of age. Smitty also had three brothers who served, two in the Navy and one in the Army. The relative safety of Smitty s tour of duty came to a halt as the 95th was sent to the front lines in France. On October 31st, 1944 he was severely wounded in battle and spent two and months in a hospital in England and one year in a VA hospital in Palo Alto, Ca. He spent his entire life time enduring the disabilities he was left with. He did so with dignity and very few complaints. Smitty was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action against the enemy on 31st of October, 1944 in the vicinity of Marienelles, France, Smitty was one of the Iron Men of Metz that US-24 highway was renamed to honor. Traveling east of Topeka on US -24 you will notice the green sign just past the K-4 highway junction. It was during the battle for the city of Metz that war correspondents nicknamed the men of the 95th The Bravest of the Brave . In addition to his Silver Star, he received a Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Medal, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European Campaign Medal, northern France/Rhineland Campaign Ribbon, and the EAME Ribbon with two Bronze Service Stars. After his Honorable Discharge, Smitty returned to Kansas and the family farm. In 1956 he moved to Topeka where he worked for Kaw Paving Co. and Quality Excavating Inc. In his retirement, Smitty lent a helping hand to many, was known as a good neighbor, a master welder and an early proponent of organic gardening. His tomatoes were legendary. Smitty spent his personal life loving the outdoors, his Church, his family and friends. Smitty is preceded in death by his parents, brothers John, Melvin, Gerald, George, Paul, Chester, Lucern, sister Saxon, and his loving wife Ruth who passed away in January of 2009. He is survived by his sister Ramona Reiderer of Holton, Ks, his step children, Martha Carroll of Salina, Ks and Richard Hurst of Oakland, CA, two grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, his favorite niece Darlene Whitlock and her husband Gary of Silver Lake, Ks, a host of nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. Those left behind in the circle of grief will miss most his strong Kansas work ethic, ready smile, good humor and fine example of how to be a good man . Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Davidson Funeral Home in Topeka. He will lie in state Wednesday, 1:30-4:00pm. Interment at Maple Wood Cemetery in Barnes, Ks. Memorials made to the VA Hospital, to support the day room at the Community Living Center-Bldg. 6, Topeka,Ks. Edward E. Smith
Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Jan. 9, 2013
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