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Freddy Gaylon Smith
July 23, 1932 - April 2, 2015
Freddy Gaylon Smith, 82, of Caldwell, died Thursday, April 02, 2015 at a local care center of natural causes.
Freddy was born in Hocomo, Missouri in 1932 to Valsie and Mary McDaniel Smith.
Freddy learned to work hard since he was very young. He joined the Air Force in 1952 and served in South Carolina, Florida, Spokane Washington, Corvallis Oregon, Denver Colorado, Thule Greenland and the Philippine Islands.
He was married to Ollie Faye Huff and together they had two daughters. He retired from the Air Force in 1972 after 20 years of service. He went to Arizona for a short time where he and Faye were later divorced.
He moved to Idaho where he met and married Sue Ekberg and added two daughters to their family. He was a truck driver for many years for several companies within the Treasure Valley. His favorite job was delivering food to the forest fighters during fire season. Freddy enjoyed bowling and fishing and traveling. He and Sue took several trips through the years. They traveled to Alaska and Nashville Tennessee, Branson Missouri, Oklahoma and back to Missouri to visit relatives.
He always had lots of stories to tell about growing up in Missouri and living with his grandparents. He delighted in his grandchildren and was always spending time with them. He loved to go fishing with his fishing buddies or go to the local McDonalds for coffee. He was an avid hunter bringing home everything from squirrels to deer and elk.
Freddy was a member of the Canyon Hill Church of the Nazarene and chaplain for the Carrie French DAV in Caldwell for a time.
He is survived by his wife, Emma Sue Smith of Caldwell, Lorraine (Rob) Keith of Green River Wyoming, Rhonda (Brett) Valet of Lincoln City Oregon, Joanna (Bill) Easterday of Basin City Washington, Robin Search and David Della Maggiore of Caldwell.
Cousins, Larry Wright of West Plains Missouri and Susan Dungan of Dexter Missouri.
He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, with one on the way, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandson Jonathan Potts, his brothers Dale and Roy Smith, and his parents.
A viewing will be held Monday evening, April 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 7th at Lower Boise Cemetery, located between Notus and Parma. Memorial services will follow at 11:00 a.m. at Canyon Hill Church of the Nazarene. Condolences may be shared with the family at
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kids Camp at Canyon Hill Church of the Nazarene.


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Dakan Funeral Chapel
504 South Kimball Avenue
Caldwell, ID 83605
(208) 459-3629
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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 5, 2015
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