CARY – Weldon Smith, born March 17, 1921, in Lockport, N.Y., died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. |
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Louise (Kreutzer) Smith and Francis Smith; and his beloved wife, Lee Ann (Krudup) Smith.
Mr. Smith grew up in Oakland, Calif., and served in World War II as a pilot in the Army Air Corps. After his honorable discharge, he began a 35-year career as a pilot for United Airlines. He retired in 1981 as a 747 captain and flew his last flight for United from Honolulu to Chicago.
On Feb. 23, 1947, he married the love of his life, Lee Ann Krudup, a former United Airlines stewardess. Married for nearly 59 years, they had four children and resided in the Chicago area for the past 60 years – 24 years in Tower Lakes and most recently, 23 years in Cary.
Mr. Smith is survived by his four children, Gail (Smith) Wright and her husband, Michael Wright, of Lexington, Ky., Linda (Smith) Masters and her husband, Wayne Masters, of Decatur, Mark Smith and his wife, Becky (Block) Smith, of Fall River, Wis., and Sandra (Smith) DeSobe and her husband, Gerald DeSobe, of Houston; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Wright) Lindsey and her husband, Garrison Lindsey, of Washington, D.C., Kelly (Crispin) Harding and her husband, Jerold, of Decatur, Eric DeSobe of Los Angeles and Kevin Crispin of Chicago; one great-grandchild, Jacob Harding of Decatur; and many longtime friends.
He enjoyed the companionship of his dog, Buster.
A lifelong enthusiast of model aviation, Mr. Smith actively enjoyed his hobby of building and flying radio-controlled airplanes until his death. He was a member of the Skyknights RC Club of Libertyville.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at The Federated Church of Wauconda, 200 S. Barrington Road, Wauconda.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations made in Weldon Smith's memory to The Academy of Model Aeronautics, https://www.modelaircraft.org/supportama/donations.aspx; The Salvation Army, https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/page.aspx?pid=207#tribute; or The Federated Church, 200 S. Barrington Road, Wauconda, IL 60084.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Jan. 24, 2013