Samuel E. "Buzz" Smelser

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Samuel Earl "Buzz" Smelser, 92, of Westminster, died Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Carroll Hospice Dove House. Born June 27, 1922 in Carroll County, he was the son of the late Samuel Earl Smelser and the late Lillian Blanche Wagner Smelser. He was the beloved husband of the late Doris Marie Smelser, to whom he was married for 67 years. Buzz, as known by friends, learned the plumbing and heating business in Baltimore, Maryland, where he worked on new housing developments and businesses, also working on the first 100 Octane Plant built at Standard Oil Refineries following its completion in 1944. He was drafted into the Army in March, 1944, leaving his young wife and two small boys. Shipped to Europe in November, 1944, he sailed on the Edmund B. Alexander with 15,000 troop replacements to England. From there he was sent across the English Channel to France where he was assigned to the 89th Infantry Division, 347th regiment serving on the left flank of Patton's 3rd Army. He fought in France, Belgium, at the Battle of the Bulge, Luxembourg, and in Germany, meeting the Russians at the end of the World War II in Czechoslovakia. He was discharged on November 11, 1945 from Ft. Meade as a disabled veteran. He returned to working in the plumbing and heating business in the Baltimore metro area, becoming a sales rep with Eastern States and later employed by B.C. Herman & Co. for 43 years, retiring in 1995. He was a life member of Old Glory Post 22 and Carroll Post 31, American Legion, and a member of VFW Molleville Farm Post 467. Being a charter member of Piney Branch Golf and Country Club, and one of the original stockholders, he served on the Board of Directors from 1964-1997. He also served as vice-president and co-chairman of the building committee, as well as chairman of the construction committee. He was an avid golfer, and devoted Orioles and Ravens fan. He was a life member of the Westminster Elks Lodge 2277, a charter member of the Westminster Civitan Club and a lifelong member of St. John's Catholic Church, serving as an altar boy for 8 years. He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law: Thomas Jeffrey and Nicky Smelser, Michael and Dinah Smelser, both of Westminster, and Patrick and Linda Smelser of Mt. Dora, Fla. He had five grandchildren: Robin, Matthew, Taylor, Christie, and Stephanie; 10 great-grandchildren: Jessica, Mickey, Kyle, Hayden, Jake, Casey, Courtney, Spencer, Scout, Slade, and two great-great grandchildren: Jackson and Charlotte. He was predeceased by two sisters, Emily Lindsay and Mary Danner, and great-granddaughter Hailey Mae Smelser. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 28, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the PRITTS FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 412 Washington Road, Westminster. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at ll:00a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St. in Westminster, with Father Jaime Garcia as celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Finksburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Carroll Hospice Dove House, 292 Stoner Avenue, Westminster, MD 21157, or to St. John's Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster, MD 21157. Online condolences may be offered at

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Pritts Funeral Home
412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Published in Carroll County Times on Nov. 24, 2014
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