Durand Murkland Smith
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AGE: 87 • Rockaway
Durand Murkland Smith, 87, passed away on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at St. Clares Hosp. Denville. He was born and raised and lived in Rockaway all of his life. Durand served in the U.S. Navy during WWII where he had served in the European and the Pacific Theatres. He had also participated in the D-Day invasion and the invasion of Okinawa. Following the war, he worked as a Stationary Plant Engineer for R.C.A. Records in Rockaway, until his retirement.
He is predeceased by his wife, the late Audrey Shafer who died in March 1997, as well as his parents, Preston and Gladys Smith, and his three brothers, Sherwyn, Leland and Kenyon and his sister, Glenda Bidgood. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Jeffrey and Karen Smith of Point Pleasant, and Kelly and Ariel Macalalad of Oxford; his beloved grandchildren, Timothy Smith, Heather (Robert) Coon, Devin Macalalad, Kacey Macalalad and Connor Macalalad, as well as his four sisters, Marilyn McPeak of Hackettstown, June Stephens of Flanders, Dianne Johansson of Bangor, PA and Gyl Fela of Susquehanna, PA.
Friends may visit with the family from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 at the Norman Dean Home for Services, 16 Righter Ave., Denville, www.normandean.com. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at the funeral home. Please share a memory of Durand by lighting a candle on our web site. Donations are being accepted to the Rockaway Boro Fire Department, 1 East Main St., Rockaway, NJ 07866.
Norman Dean Home for Services, Inc.
16 Righter Avenue
Denville, NJ 07834
Published in Daily Record & Asbury Park Press on Oct. 24, 2013