Wilfried H. Smolenski
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Services for Wilfried H. Smolenski will be held at Osborn Funeral Home in Shreveport on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 4pm, officiated by Rev. Doyle Bailey. Mr. Smolenski passed away on March 20, 2014. "Will" will be interred at Forest Park Cemetery immediately afterwards. Family will receive friends at Osborn Funeral Home from 2:30-4:00pm on Saturday. Wilfried, age 89, was born April 1, 1924 in Neidenburg (Nidzica), Germany, and emigrated to America in 1926, resided in Indiana until moving to Shreveport in 1966 to help open the new Western Electric plant. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Churches in Indianapolis, Shreveport, and Alexandria.
He is survived by his son Jim and daughter-in-law Annelie Smolenski of Alexandria, his daughter Sally Smolenski of Dallas, TX, his granddaughter and son-in-law, Captains Christina and Michael Frazier of Clarksville, TN, grandson Wil Smolenski of Atlanta, GA and great-grandson Finnegan Frazier of Clarksville, TN. He is also survived by two sisters: Renate McKitrick of Ogden UT, and Urte Kahle, Atlanta, GA, and a brother Harold Smolenski of Atlanta, GA. He is predeceased by his wife Ruth Smolenski, his parents Horst and Lotte Smolenski of Indianapolis and sister Susan Smolenski of Denver, CO.
Will had many interests and was a member of the N. Louisiana Fly Fishers Club, the NW Louisiana Bird Study Group, The N. Louisiana Woodcarvers Club, The Louisiana Ornithology Society, and was recognized nationally for his outstanding work with the local Pioneers Council. Will was also commended for his work with the Wheeler Dealers, a local organization for the handicapped, for his work with the annual Huck Finn Fishing Outing for the handicapped and the blind, and the NW Louisiana Bird Study Group.
Will attended Butler University in Indianapolis prior to serving in World War ll. At Butler, he joined Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Will served with the 96th Infantry Division as a Staff Sergeant making the beach heads at Leyte Island and Okinawa. He was awarded a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.
After the war, he continued his education and earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Lawrence Institute of Technology in Detroit. He became interested in plastics during his college years and worked for Cornell Dubilier Electronics Corp., developing components for use in guided missiles. At Western Electric, he worked on new plastics used in the manufacturing of telephones, and held two patents for designs for receivers.
Will helped start the new WE Shreveport plant in 1966, as well as the Arka-La-Tex chapter of the Society of Plastic Engineers. He was active in the Telephone Pioneers of America serving on the Board as well as President of the local Western Electric group. Will was a regular blood donor throughout his life, donating over 40 gallons to various hospitals and agencies.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any Presbyterian church of your choice, or to the Pioneers of America.
Osborn Funeral Home - Shreveport
3631 Southern Avenue Shreveport, LA 71104
Published in The Town Talk on Mar. 22, 2014