William Edward Smith Sr.

William Edward Smith Sr., 89, of Pittston Twp., died Thursday morning at home. Survived by his loving wife, Rosella Perrins Smith, the couple would have celebrated their 17th anniversary on Feb. 21. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth F. Smith, in 1995.

Born in Slocum Twp. on April 29, 1924, son of the late John and Louise Knight Smith, William was an Army sergeant during World War II. He was once held captive as a prisoner of war by the Nazis in 1945. A decorated war veteran, he earned the Good Conduct, American Theater, EAME Theater and World War II Victory medals for his courageous service to the country. A member of the P.O.W. Keystone Chapter of NEPA, he was also a life member of the VFW. Before his retirement, he worked for the Atlas Chain Co. of West Pittston. He was a member of the Moosic Assembly of God Church.

Loved by many, he will be dearly missed.

He is also survived by a son, William E. Smith Jr. and wife, Cathy, Orange City, Fla.; a daughter, Lana Paglianite and husband, Frank, Gouldsboro; a stepdaughter, Kim Reiners and husband, Jason, Harding; a sister, Beatrice Yeager, Moosic; five grandchildren, Jeff, Josh, Amanda, Jason and Jessica; three great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by brothers, Lewis and John Wesley Smith; and a sister, Dorothy George.

Funeral services are scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m. at the Moosic Assembly of God Church, 477 Third St., Moosic, by the Rev. David O'Brien, pastor. Interment will follow at the Slocum Cemetery, Slocum Twp.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Sunday between 3 and 6 p.m. at the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge.

Visit www.KearneyFuneral Home.com for directions or to leave an online condolence.

Funeral Home

Kearney Funeral Homes
517 North Main Street Old Forge, PA 18518-1811
(570) 562-1590

Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 24, 2014