Otis F. Smith, affectionately called "Stub," "Grandpa" and "Pepa," was carried by the angels into the arms of Jesus on Friday, May 3, surrounded by his adoring family. His grandson said God was going to make him an "Angel Farmer." His loving wife of 46 years is the former Mary Ann Havenstrite.
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Otis was born in Hollisterville and was the proud son of Otis L. and Fannie Maddox Smith. He was a member of Hollisterville Baptist Church and a friend to the Daleville United Methodist Church. He received an honorary diploma from Central High School for enlisting in the Navy at the age of 17 to serve in World War II. He served aboard the USS Barnegat and USS Bausell. He was a radioman third-class USNR and received the American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal, Pacific Theater Ribbon and European Theater Ribbon.
After returning from war, Otis earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Scranton and became a self-employed insurance agent and tax accountant in the Moscow area for more than 45 years.
Otis was an avid gardner and spent most of his time outdoors. He was a "do-it-yourself" man and was willing to lend a helping hand (or paintbrush) whenever and wherever he might be needed.
He was a man of few words and led by example. His endearing mother said he had the "patience of Job." His most prized possession was his family, whom he loved unconditionally and gave unselfishly. Without speaking a single word, his final acts on this Earth left his family a thousand examples of strength, courage and love to live by. He will be dearly missed and reverently remembered. "Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age but they die young."
The family would like to thank the Hospice of the Sacred Heart for the extraordinary care and compassion that they showed to Otis and the family — truly remarkable. The family would also like to thank Dr. Richard Martin, Dr. Salvatore Scialla, Dr. Chris Peters and Dr. Donald O'Rourke and staff at the University of Pennsylvania.
The funeral will be today, May 5, at 3 p.m. at Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, Pa.
Friends and family may call from 2 to 3 p.m. Pastor Eric Luczak and the Rev. Arthur W. Davis will be officiating the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Art Grogan Benefit Fund, c/o Penn Security Bank, 304 Main St., Duryea, PA 18642. For online condolences, go to www.duffyandsnowdon.com.
Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home
401 Church St
Moscow, PA 18444
Published in Scranton Times on May 5, 2013