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Walter Ray Smith, 81, of Hamilton, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at home with his family.
He was born July 15, 1933, in Grange, a son of the late Coy McCoulter Smith, Sr. and Velda Jane (Whitesell) Smith.
He attended the Hamilton United Methodist Church.
Mr. Smith was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean Conflict.
On Dec. 8, 1956, he married the former Mary Irene McKee. She survives and resides in Hamilton.
Walter worked as a laborer at Jefferson Machine until his retirement. He was also a caretaker for Deemer brothers.
He enjoyed hunting and liked to tinker around with things.
Walter was a dedicated husband and father. His greatest enjoyment was
teasing and picking on everyone, especially his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Irene, he is survived by two sons, Timothy Smith and wife Nancy and Brian Smith and wife Drinda, both of Punxsutawney; five grandchildren, Jacob Smith and Nicole of Punxsutawney, Joshua Smith and Morgan Posi of State College, Mollie and Mercy Smith of Punxsutawney, and Caleb Riggleman of Punxsutawney; three great-grandchildren, Benjamin Smith, Ethan Smith and Bailey Riggleman; one brother-in-law, Blair Richards of Punxsutawney; a sister in-law, Margaret Bush and husband Robert of Punxsutawney; and numerous nieces and nephews, whom he cherished.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three grandchildren, Joel Riggleman, Brent Smith and Luke Smith; two brothers, Eugene Whitesell and Coy M. Smith, Jr.; and two sisters, Alma Rossman and Bertha Richards.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc., Punxsutawney, officiated by Tom Spiker.
Interment will follow at Lakelawn Memorial Park, Reynoldsville, Pa.
Online condolences may be made at www.shumakerfh.com.