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A true servant of his Lord Jesus Christ and a member of the world's greatest generation, LeRoy Smith, 93, of Ashland, passed away Monday, March 5, 2018, in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
LeRoy was born April 2, 1924, in Sciotoville, Ohio, a son of the late Charley and Catherine Hannah Smith. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Ruth Lycan Smith; brothers, Bill Smith, Charles Smith, Carl Smith, Ralph Smith; and his sister, Katherine Smith.
LeRoy was a 1943 graduate of Ft. Gay High School in Ft. Gay, WV. After high school he immediately joined the Army and served with distinction during World War II. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater throughout the South Pacific and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Bronze Arrowhead. His combat battalion participated in the Philippine Liberation and was one of the first companies to participate in the Occupation of Japan.
LeRoy retired from Air Products Corporation in Ashland and was a faithful member of the Unity Baptist Church in Ashland.
Survivors include his son, Roy Allan Smith and his wife, Rita, of Huntington, WV; daughter Kathy Smith Whitt and her husband, Roy, of Fernandina Beach, FL; his adoring grandchildren, Wendy Hooten, Chris (Heather) Smith, Shane (Amber) Whitt, Tara (Chuck) Venditti; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to extend a personal thank you to Dr. Kimberly Baldock, his extended family at Morning Pointe in Russell and to Dr. Downs and staff at Community Hospice for their excellent care and compassion.
Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018, at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue by Pastor Mike Rice. Burial with military honors will be in the Ashland Cemetery.
Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association of KY, Kaden Tower, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, STE 401, Louisville, KY 40205 or Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41101.
Condolence to steenfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 6, 2018
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