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George William Smith, 82, passed away at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle on September 18, 2012, after a brief illness.
He was born to Elmer and Arlouene (Fiddler) Smith in Sequim on March 23, 1930.
At the age of 2, he was considered to be the abducted Lindbergh baby. His parents had to prove that their curly haired little tot was their own child and not the abducted baby stolen from the Lindberghs' home.
He graduated from Roosevelt High School (now Port Angeles High School) in 1949. He served in the United States Navy from 1950 to 1954 as a BT3 and served during the Korean conflict.
While stationed in San Francisco, he went on a blind date with Dorothy Sommers, and they were married six months later. Dorothy and George would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on September 28, 2012. After being discharged from the United States Navy, they moved to Port Angeles.
He went to work at Peninsula Plywood and retired from PenPly after 42 years of employment as a laminator. While working at PenPly, he was also employed by Leo's Ambulance which was then bought out by Angeles Ambulance. While being employed by Angeles Ambulance, he went to Peninsula College and got his EMT certification.
After retiring from PenPly, he drove a school bus for the Port Angeles School District for four years. His route covered the east end of Port Angeles.
George was very involved in his daughters' activities. He drove the camp bus to Camp David Junior for Camp Fire for many years. He attended with his daughters at the Camp Fire Father/Daughter banquet, which was a box social dinner.
He could be found earning hours for Pop Hearts award and earned many Pop Hearts pins for his three daughters by volunteering hours to the Camp Fire program.
He was a member of First Christian Church and held many positions during his lifetime. He was a member of the Golden Agers and the Senior Center. He could be found at the Senior Center on Thursday afternoons playing bingo and, on occasion, even calling the games.
George's hobbies included crocheting afghans, reading, word-find books, cooking, pie baking and playing bunko and bingo. He crocheted afghans for family and friends and entered them in the fair. The grandchildren thought he made the best blackberry pie, and he was always willing to bake a pie for them.
George is preceded in death by his father, mother and brother Doug Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughters Barbara "Bobbi" (Steve) Sellers, Theresa "Terri" (James) Hauff and Julie Andrew, all of Port Angeles; brother Clifford Smith of Port Angeles; sister Sandy Burkhardt of Montana; grandchildren Tammy Hunter, Joe Sellers, Sean Gormley, Melissa Gormley, Anthony Andrew, Amanda Andrew and Aaron Andrew; step-grandchildren Gordon "Brett" Hauff, Shamara Howell and Elijah Hauff; and great-grandchildren Chad Ward, Tyler Hunter, Shyanne Hunter, Summer Sellers, Ryvre Howell and Amrik Hauff.
Services will be held at Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, 260 Monroe Road, Port Angeles, at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 6. A reception will follow at First Christian Church, 2606 Race Street, Port Angeles.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends and especially will be missed for his wonderful talents and for the positive inspiration he was to all.
Memorial contributions can be made to First Christian Church, 2606 Race Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362; or to
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Oct. 3, 2012
Drennan & Ford Funeral Home and Crematory
260 Monroe Rd. Port Angeles, WA 98362