Lloyd F. Smith (Smitty), 89, of Prosser passed away on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 and is now home with his Savior, Jesus Christ.
Smitty was born Aug. 22, 1923 in Quincy, Ill. to James and Hattie (Mead) Smith.
In April of 1943 Smitty joined the U.S. Army and was quickly sent to serve with the troops as they overtook the islands in the Pacific during WWII. He was an artillery supply driver, keeping our troops stocked with all the ammunition they would need. Smitty rarely ever talked about the war, but when he did he would always thank the Lord for sparing his life during those years. After the war was over, Smitty was passing through Chicago and it was there that he met the love of his life, a wonderful woman named Eva. They were married on Feb. 2, 1946. They enjoyed 66 years of marriage together.
Smitty went on to earn his pipefitting certification and worked at Argon National Laboratory for 16 years. They then moved to Alaska for seven years, where Smitty worked pipefitting jobs on the Aleutian Chain.
In 1973 they migrated south and settled in the Yakima Valley while Smitty worked at Hanford. He retired from pipefitting in 1983, but that was just the beginning of their fun! Smitty and Eva toured the country by motorcycle, visiting 47 of the 50 states.
Smitty also earned his pilot's license, bought a Cherokee 151 aircraft and spent many years flying here and there, with anybody who wanted a ride. In addition to this, Smitty stayed busy with leatherwork, woodworking, hunting and fishing with his nephew, John Allee. Even in the last weeks of his life, he was still making little wooden stools and using macramé to finish a chair.
Most importantly, Smitty loved the Lord and both he and Eva were baptized into Christ in 1952. Their faith helped them through many hard times and they were quick to share the Gospel with others. They loved to fellowship and sing and were always the first to lend a helping hand if someone was in need.
Smitty was a good friend who wasn't afraid to tell you he loved you or that you needed to shape up. He will be remembered fondly for his love, honesty, humor and antics.
He is survived by a sister, Dorothy (Axel) Alstad; a brother, Harold Smith; and two sons, Frank Smith and Van Smith.
We are thankful for his friends at the Grandview Church of Christ, the excellent love and care that he received at Sheffield Manor and the compassion shown to him by Lower Valley Hospice.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at noon, at Grandview Church of Christ, with a luncheon to follow.
Condolences can be sent to www.valleyhillsfh.com
Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in care of arrangements.