Scott Doty Smith, Master Sgt. (retired), of Lebanon, Pa., passed away Saturday, Aug. 4, after a long battle with kidney cancer.
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He leaves behind his devoted and loving wife of 42 years, Karla Wimmer Smith, along with their children, Adam W. Smith, of Washington, D.C., and Amy Niccole Baccellieri (Brian), and grandson Anthony J. Baccellieri, of Wilmington, Del.
Born and raised in Westerly, R.I., Scott was the son of Gordon W. and Dorothy W. Smith, both now deceased. Scott is survived by three brothers, twin Anthony G. Smith, of Richmond, R.I., Gordon W. Smith Jr., of York, Pa., and Jeffrey D. Smith, of Lexington, Ky.
Scott enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965. After completing his basic training, he volunteered for airborne training and ended up assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C. In 1967, he volunteered for assignment to a new battalion being formed in the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Shortly thereafter, he and the all-volunteer unit were aboard ship and on their way to Vietnam.
After his tour in Vietnam, Scott became a civilian and met and married his life mate, Karla. Eventually Scott realized that he wanted to continue serving in the military and joined the Pennsylvania National Guard. It wasn't long before the National Guard asked Scott to be a full-time soldier/trainer and he reported to duty at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. There, he served for 17 years and retired from the Army in 2001. Still wanting to be near the action, he returned to Fort Indiantown Gap as a contract employee involved in the training and continuing education of aviators, retiring again last year.
Scott enjoyed visiting with family, golfing, working on automobiles, especially his antique Buick, and serving in several organizations. He and Karla were very active in the Lions Club of Annville-Cleona, 540 Maple St., Annville, Pa., 17003, and ask that if anyone would like to donate to that organization in lieu of flowers that would be fine.
Scott was also a life member of VFW Post 8955 in Westerly, R.I., American Legion Post 910, Lickdale, Pa., and AMVETS Post 293, Lebanon, Pa.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, at Kreamer Funeral Home, 618 East Main St., Annville, Pa., 17003. The funeral service will be at noon on Friday, Aug. 10, at Zion Evangelical Congregational Church, 710 South White Oak St., Annville, Pa., 17003. There will be a viewing at the church prior to the funeral service starting at 11 a.m. A procession will follow from the church to the Veterans' Cemetery at Fort Indiantown Gap where the interment will take place at 2 p.m. with full military honors. Following the interment, there will be celebration of Scott's life at Building 4-134, Fort Indiantown Gap.
Published in The Westerly Sun from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2012