Phil passed away as a result of a brief illness in Grass Valley, California hospital December 23, 2013. He was 95. His immediate family was visiting at the hospital with him.
He was born to Thomas E. and Lilian G. Smith in Livingston, Montana and grew up in Northeastern Oregon. After graduating from High school he enlisted in the (then) Army Air Corps. He used his radio operating skills at work and as a lifelong hobby, becoming a “ham” radio operator off duty.
In 1940 he married Kathleen Bunsaull; the following year he was serving in Europe World War II. Phil received several medals and field promotions returning home an officer. As service families are well aware much moving state to state is involved. At one point early on, orders were changed before the furniture was unpacked. This happened twice.
Phil retired from the United State Air Force a Lieutenant Colonel in 1965, returned to Oregon settling in Waldport. He could finally indulge in his radio lobby, fishing, reading, coaching Morse code to others. He worked at Ball Realty, also the assessor’s office, participated in local land improvement commissions.
Early in the 1980’s he was widowed. Phil remarried Lina May Reynolds, acquiring an additional family. Phil and May remained in Waldport also traveling extensily visiting their family.
In 2005, due to worsening health the Smith’s relocated to Texas then California. His sons cared for their parents; Phil never had to leave his home except brief hospital stays.
Preceding Phil in death were his parents, son Philip Jr (1970), Kathleen (1983), and Lina May (April 2013).
Surviving are daughters: Christine Dorfer (Jerry), Barbra Werner-Hansen (Dick Shapiro); sons: Ronald Caraway (Ana),Paul Reynolds (Terry Foster), grandchildren, their decendants, remaining extended family, plus old friends miss him dearly.
The chapel of the Angels Cemetery in Grass Valley, and immediate family have handled arrangements.
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