Smitty was born on December 13, 1920 and went to be with the Lord on July 11, 2013. A veteran of World War II
, he was one of the few survivors of Merrill's Marauders, and a recipient of a Purple Heart
. Smitty was a business man and owned a Bob's Big Boy franchise in San Jose. He loved the Lord, his family, and he loved to golf.
Smitty is survived by Gloria, his wife of 64 years; son, Val and his wife Kathie; daughter, Susan and her husband Rob; grandson, Jon and his wife LaShawn; granddaughter, Kim and her husband Davin; and great grandchildren, Aiden, Nolan, and Bronson.
A Celebration of Smitty's life will be held at College Church of Christ, on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 11:00 a.m.
Remembrances may be made to Veteran's Memorial Hospital.