Emmett ‘Smitty’ Smith
Emmett (Smitty) Smith took the Lord’s hand and went home on June 13, 2014.
Smitty was born on Oct. 9, 1927 to Will E. Smith and Dagmar S. Jensen in Denver, Colorado. He attended South High School and enlisted in the US Navy the day after his 17th birthday in 1944. He served on the USS Antietam in Guam. He came home and finished high school, receiving his diploma, and was called back into service in the Korean War.
After returning home he worked various jobs in an upholstery shop, D&RG Railroad and then Safeway as a meat cutter. He moved to Glenwood Springs in 1960 where he went back to work with Safeway, moved on to Coors, and then finished his career and retired with Garfield County. Emmett met Kathryn (Katie) Nieslanik and they wed on Nov. 26, 1965 and built their home in 1967 where they resided for the last 47 years.
Emmett was an avid fisherman and golfer. He also loved camping, spending time with his family, doing yard work and a good Polka. He was charter member of The Elks, BPOE #2286 and was two times past ER. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Emmett is survived by his wife of 49 years Katie Smith; his sister Jody (Bob) Rankin; and seven children: sons Mark (Joni Bates) Smith, Scott (Brenda) Smith, Greg (Tammy) Smith, Rocky (Sparky) Pappas, Dennis (Stephanie) Pappas and daughters Chris Steuben and Susie (Bob) Ewing. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren: Amy Gearhart, Elliot Pappas, Anthony Gianinetti, Ashley Burke, Chris Ewing, Greg Ewing, Nick Ewing, Andrew Pappas, Jacob Pappas, Ryland Pappas, Taylor Smith, Bailey Smith, Zack Smith, Kara Roth, Kolby Smith and Kaylee Smith and 7 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by Will E. Smith and Dagmar Smith.
Services will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 1 p.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Glenwood Springs, Colorado followed by burial at Rosebud Cemetery.
A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge BPOE #2286 in Glenwood Springs.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the Elk Club Scholarship Fund.
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