Oliver M. Smith died Nov. 23, 2012, at the Paonia Care and Rehabilitation Center. He was 94.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Hotchkiss. Inurnment will be held at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Paonia.
Mr. Smith was born to Robert and Audra (McMillin) Smith on Sept. 26, 1918, in Haviland, Kan. He spent his childhood in Kansas before moving to Crawford in 1933. He was one of seven students who graduated from Crawford High School in 1936.
Mr. Smith served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.
On Dec. 31, 1942, he married Margaret Howard in Fresno, Calif. They were married more than 59 years before Margaret died Aug. 2, 2002.
He was a member of Freeman Heights Baptist Church in Arkansas. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, spending time outdoors, farming, and raising pigs, chickens and cattle. He lived in Berryville, Ark., for 20 years before moving back to Colorado in 1984.
Mr. Smith is survived by his son, David Smith and his wife Rita of Lakewood; two brothers, Benny Smith of Hotchkiss and David Smith and his wife Carol of Carson City, Nev.; one sister, Joyce Holybee of Paonia; and four grandchildren, Debra, Roger, Robert and Christopher Smith.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Margaret Smith; and his daughter, Christina Smith.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Arrangements are being handled by Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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