Loren Charles Smith, age 88, of Gainesville passed away on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at his residence and joined the Church Triumphant following a brief illness.|
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with interment to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. David Sieg will officiate. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 27, 2014, from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Loren was born Feb. 15, 1926, in Dryden, Mich., to the late Charles Arthur Smith and Mabel Estelle (Lawrence) Smith. He attended school at General Motors Institute in Flint, Mich., and the University of Michigan. Loren worked in the field of engineering at Wyandotte Chemicals (Wyandotte, Mich.), Airco (Union, N.J.), Concoa (Virginia Beach, Va.) and most recently at Harris Calorific, a division of Lincoln Electric (Gainesville, Ga.). He was one of those fortunate men who loved his work. His engineering career spanned over six decades and he continued to work until age 83. He also served in WWII in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 53 years, Eunice Merle Rau Smith; and his sons, Riechard Joseph Smith and Hans Arthur Smith.
Mr. Smith is survived by his children, Lili Smith and Otto Smith, both of Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Julie Smith of Honolulu, Hawaii; daughter and son-in-law, Heidi and Ken Chinnock of Woodstock, Ga.; grandsons, Grant Haicl of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Chris and Carolyn Haicl of New York, N.Y. He also has a brother and sister-in-law, Leslie and Dorothy Smith of Clinton Township, Mich.
Memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 600 S. Enota Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA 30504, is in charge of arrangements.
Send online condolences to www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com.
Published in gainesvilletimes.com on June 26, 2014