G. Desmond “Des” Smith
G. Desmond “Des” Smith, age 72, of 14 West Madison Avenue, Shelby, died Monday evening, June 10, 2002 at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born June 24, 1929 in Shelby, the son of the late Burch Henry and Bernice Leota (Brinkerhoff) Smith. He was a 1947 graduate of Shelby High School and graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. While at Kent State he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.
He retired in 1993 from the Shelby Sales Book/ Miami Systems where he had been a salesman. He served in the United States Navy from 1948 -1952. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church; O’Brien Post #326 Shelby American Legion; Shelby Masonic Lodge #350 F & AM; Shelby Shrine Club where he had been past president and drove miniature cars in many parades as a “T” Totaler; Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite-Valley of Canton; Al Koran Shrine Center of Cleveland. He volunteered his time as a driver transporting patients to Shriner Hospitals. He enjoyed traveling and was a member of the Mohican Coachman Chapter #20.
Des is survived by 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Linda and Gary Lemmon of Hagerman, IL, and Katherine and Mark Harris of Grand Blanc, MI; a son and daughter-in-law: Matthew and Christine Smith of Shelby; 4 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law: Donna and Ben Lay of Shelby; an aunt, Helen Kinsell, of Shelby; and an uncle, Roeliff Loomis of Oklahoma.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth H. “Betty” (Flickinger) Smith in 1997.
Calling hours will be on Friday, June 14, 2002, from 5-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, and from 9:30 -10:30 AM on Saturday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 AM with Rev. Dave Carter officiating. Masonic services will be conducted Friday evening at 7:45 PM. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. Memorial expressions may be made to Shriner’s Hospitals.