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Gary Bernard Smith

July 26, 1945 - July 18, 2017

Gary Bernard Smith, age 71, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on July 18, 2017.  Gary was born July 26, 1945 in South Dakota and adopted by Virgil and Loleta Smith and grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon.  Soon after graduating from High School, Gary enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged.  He worked as an Iron Worker in the shipyards of Portland and San Diego and settled into the last phase of his career at Fought & Company in Tigard for 19 years. After retiring, he moved to Salem in 2015 to be close to his family. Gary had a love for animals and rescued and provided homes for many dogs and cats in his travels.  He had a caring nature and would provide for families in need within his community. Gary was a loving and caring father and grandfather and loved to spend time with the family at his favorite place, the Oregon Coast. He is survived by his daughter Maleika Smith, and granddaughters, Izabella and Sophia.  Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service. 


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