Gilfred Smart

Gilfred Warren Smart, 91, of Idaho Falls, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Turtle and Crane Assisted Living Center.

He was born July 8, 1921, in Hurley, Mo., to Benjamin Harrison Smart and Clara Marie Barton Smart. He grew up and attended schools in the area.

Gilfred served as a carpenters mate third class in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, helping to build the road from Alpine to Jackson, Wyo.

On April 3, 1940, he married Noma Fontella Sanderson in Idaho Falls. In their early years, he farmed in New Sweden, Challis and Idaho Falls. In 1957, he began working for the post office, from which he retired. He was a volunteer in the Idaho Reserves and National Guard and was a member of the Idaho Gem and Mineral Society. He was formerly a member of the Eagles Lodge.

Gilfred was a Southern Baptist. He enjoyed fishing, rock hounding, traveling, making jewelry and spending time in Quartzsite, Ariz.

Survivors are his wife, Noma Smart of Idaho Falls; daughters, Loa (Jess) Bastible of Norman, Okla., and Debra (Fred) Kovach of Idaho Falls; sons, Roger (Dorothy) Smart of Idaho Falls and Gilfred (Linda) Smart Jr. of Tremonton, Utah; brothers, Harold (Opal) Smart of Michigan, Jim (Carrol) Smart of Marionville, Mo., Ralph (Helen) Smart of Republic, Mo., and Ben (Sandy) Smart of College Place, Wash.; sisters, Berthena Wimberley and Ruth Hopkins, both of Marionville, Mo.; 20 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Robert, Glen and Arnold; and one sister, Dortha Faye Rinehart.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at Turtle and Crane Assisted Living and OneSource Hospice for their loving care of Gilfred.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 6, at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave. in Idaho Falls. The family will visit with friends from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Funeral Home

Wood Funeral Home
273 North Ridge Avenue Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 522-2751

Published in Post Register on May 3, 2013