Arthur Nelson Smith, 73, passed away at home on Friday evening, Oct. 3, 2008.
He was born on December 20, 1934 in Margaretville. He graduated from St. Lawrence in Canton where he was a member of the ROTC. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany as a military policeman. He then joined the Army Reserves and became a long-standing member of the Army Pistol and Rifle teams until he retired as a Major in 1994.
His career included working with his father at Smith’s Plumbing and Heating in Margaretville, working for JC Penney in Manhattan, owning a Morgan Horse farm in Andes, and represented National Trailer Convey. He also worked for Medical Coaches, Inc. in Oneonta and then with his wife at Oneonta Tire & Auto Parts, followed by being a co-owner of CSM Crankshaft and Engine Rebuilders. His final and most satisfying occupation was as owner and chief pilot of Oneonta Aviation and Catskill Air Service.
He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and avid hunter.
Surviving are his wife of 21 years, Susan C. Smith; his brother and wife, Irving and Patti Smith of Merritt Island, FL; his children, Gordon Smith of Cave Creek, Arizona, Valerie Salazar of Houston, Texas, Virginia Valentine of Sunrise, Florida and Kenneth Smith of Houston, Texas; his grandchildren, Lauren, Katherine and Noah Smith, Stephen Hiller, Robert Valentine, Gordon Salazar and Jennifer Cuellar. He is also survived by great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Willa; his oldest son, Arthur Nelson Smith Jr. and grandson, Adrian Salazar.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lake Delaware Boys Camp, Lake Delaware, Delhi, NY 13753 or the Catskill Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Condolences to the family may also be made on-line at www.lhpfuneralhome.com.
A memorial service and interment with military honors will take place at the Sanford Cemetery in New Kingston in the spring.
The Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, Oneonta, is serving the family