Dick Siegfried Smith, a longtime resident of the North Hills, Milton, died in his sleep on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the age of 93. He had recently been transferred to the Milton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center from The Rockwell Center, Milton.
Mr. Smith was a fixture in civic and community affairs in Milton until just a few months before his death.
After his retirement in 1988 as a foreman for the local office of the Pennsylvania Gas and Water Company, now UGI Utilities, he became increasingly involved in volunteerism.
He was a member of the Milton Regional Sewer Authority board, for which he served as secretary, playing a key role in the recent multimillion-dollar expansion of the Milton plant. He also served for many years on the Milton Parks and Recreation Committee and delivered Meals on Wheels to Milton-area residents.
Mr. Smith was well-known to Miltonians young and old through his long involvement in AYSO youth soccer as both a coach and a referee. He was honored by the organization in 2015 for his decades of volunteer work with Milton-area soccer, a sport he never played but dearly loved. He also was licensed by the state to referee girls and boys high school soccer and did so well into his 80s.
Mr. Smith was a fitness buff who didn't give up running distance races until his 60s, and who played tennis well enough at 85 to qualify for the state's Senior Olympics in doubles. He played church volleyball and often could be seen riding his bicycle across the Milton-West Milton river bridge and on the river road from West Milton to New Columbia.
Along with his wife, Joy Wagner Smith, he was a lifetime member of Milton's Trinity Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council for many years and oversaw the kitchen for church hospitality. He was a driving force behind the church's Parish Life project, which collected medical supplies to support a hospital in Liberia.
Mr. Smith was one of four children of Leland and Ouida Koch Smith. He grew up in Union County, living first in West Milton and then in New Columbia. He graduated in 1941 from Milton High School, where he played varsity basketball and was president of his senior class.
After his marriage, Mr. Smith raised prize-winning gladiolas at his home in West Milton, some of which graced churches and funeral homes in the area.
He was active in Scouting, both as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader. One of his fondest memories was of a 10-day hike for 20 area Boy Scouts that he helped lead in the rugged Sangre de Cristo mountain range in northern New Mexico.
Mr. Smith spoke of his three years as an armorer with the Army Air Corps during World War II as one of the formative experiences in his life. He was stationed in England during the Blitz, later crossing the channel to join the invasion of Normandy 10 days after D-Day. He wore his veteran's status proudly, marching annually in the Union County Veterans Parade until, at 92, he was encouraged to ride in a car because so many well-wishers were greeting him along the parade route and slowing the procession. He was a parade marshal for the 2016 parade. He was a life member of the American Legion, Watsontown and the VFW, Milton.
Mr. Smith was tabbed as grand marshal of the Milton Harvest Festival Parade in 2009 in recognition of his many years of service to the community.
He is survived by his wife and three sons and daughters-in-law, who have long marveled at their father's stamina, determination and grit. They are Mark and Deborah, of Nashville, Tenn.; Stephen and Michele, of Mount Laurel, N.J.; and Timothy and Jane, of Towson, Md., fourth son, Thomas, died in 1991. Mr. Smith also is survived by five grandchildren, Gregory and his wife Julie Smith, Daniel Smith, Christie Smith, Hope Smith and Julianna Smith; and one great-granddaughter, Viola Smith.
He was predeceased by his three siblings, Jack Smith, Shirley Stanton and Maxine Share.
Friends and relatives will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Shaw Funeral Home, 400 N. Front St., Milton and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 100 Mahoning St., Milton, followed by the funeral at 11, with the Rev. James H. Fladland officiating.
Burial with military honors will follow in Milton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; or to Smile Train, 41 Madison Ave., 28th Floor, Attn: Team Empower, New York, NY 10010; or to Milton/Lewisburg Meals on Wheels, 3201 River Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
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