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George W. Smith

George W. Smith of Wheatridge died Friday, Jan. 24, 2003, in Wheatridge. He was 83.

He was born Feb. 24, 1920, in LaVeta to Julia Roy and Delroy Smith. He grew up in Golden and graduated from Golden High School.

He served in the U.S. Army’s Airborne Division during World War II.



He married Lolita Westlake. They were divorced.

He married O’Leta Metts in Glenwood Springs. She survives.



Mr. Smith worked as a truck driver for the Coal Basin mines in Redstone during the 15 years he lived in Glenwood Springs. He also lived in Garden City, Texas, Denver and Wheatridge.

He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W., the Glenwood Springs Eagles Lodge, and the Teamsters Union. He served with the Golden Volunteer Fire Department from 1950 to 1960.

Mr. Smith collected 78 rpm records.

He was preceded in death by a son, Randy Smith; and by a stepdaughter, Wanda Essert.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, O’Leta Smith; by sons Glenn A. Smith of Sierra Leone, and Kenneth B. Smith of Glenwood Springs; by a daughter, Marilyn A. Smith of Glenwood Springs; by a stepdaughter, Mary Mapley of Denver; by sisters Laura Smith of Douglas, Wyo., and Eunice Simmons of Houston, Texas; and by 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the V.F.W. Hall in Golden.


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