BEAVER CITY -- Eugene L. Smith, 86, died Friday, (March 22, 2002) at the Beaver City Manor in Beaver City. He was born Oct. 23, 1915, to Eugene Leroy and Alta Frances (Jones) Smith at Orangevale, Calif. He attended grade schools in Sacramento Valley and graduated from San Juan High School in 1934. He was a truck driver.
In August of 1940, he joined the U. S. Army Air Corp and trained for flight engineer and crew chief. He was deployed to England in April of 1942. In England, he served as crew chief and co-pilot while test flying aircraft. He was discharged in September of 1945, and returned to truck driving. He re-entered the USAAC and took electrical training. He taught training for bomb navigation systems.
In May of 1956 he married Eleonora Rathe in Denver. They moved to McCook that same year, where he worked as a mechanic and truck driver until he retired. They moved to Indianola and were there until 1999 when they moved into Valley View housing. They later moved to the Beaver City Manor.
He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church of Norton, Kan. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mildred Ruth (Smith) Montgomery; and brothers, Charles Kenneth, Guy Milton, Ira Willis and George Douglas.
Survivors include, his wife Ellie of Beaver City; and a sister, Harriet Frances Cahill of Sacramento, Calif.
Services will be Tuesday, 11 a.m., at the Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook, with Rev. Timm Meyer officiating. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell.
Visitation will be Tuesday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. Memorials may be given in his name.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.