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Stanley F. Smith

December 15, 1924 - January 2, 2019


Stanley F. Smith, also known as Bud, passed away on January 2, 2019 at the age of 94. Born in Banks Oregon, he was the last of 9 children to the family of Henry and Wilhelmina Smith. After graduating from Hillsboro High School in 1943, he was drafted into the army on July 15 that same year. He was then selected for special training at the University of Pennsylvania’s school of engineering, but as the army needed more soldiers to fight, Stanley repeated his second round of basic training and was shipped to Europe in September of 1944. He went to the European Theatre through France, the Low Countries and Germany. It was in Germany on November 29, 1944, where his company was captured and Stanley suffered a gunshot wound to his left shoulder, earning him a Purple Heart. He was then captured by the German Army, but through his bravery and heroic action managed to escape back to the American lines. After spending 17 months in various army hospitals he was honorably discharged in 1946. Attending Pacific University from 1946-1950, he graduated with a degree in business administration minoring in mathematics. Stanley then went to work as a cost accountant with General Foods, then became payroll supervisor and eventually transferred to the regional accounting staff. He met his wife Eleanor Finegan there, as she was his “recommended” trainee for the cost accountant position he once held. They were married on September 12, 1953, resided in Hillsboro and eventually moved to Portland. They adopted two children. He was hired by a large international corporation called Litton Industries where he worked for the next 25 years in various positions, moving to Salem Oregon in 1970. After retirement, Stanley was offered a position as vice president of a mortgage banking corporation where he worked for an additional three years. He was a devoted husband and father and his sense of humor always made others laugh. He attended Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Salem, was a member of the Salem Rotary, enjoyed music, playing bridge and traveled to many locations for business and pleasure. He was preceded in death by his wife Eleanor of 58 years, siblings Frances Vuylsteke, Clara Beckwith, Wilma Hoover, Helen Vuylsteke, William (Sam) Smith, Gen Howell, Lucille Downer and Mildred (Mick) Patterson. Stanley is survived by his son Gregory Smith, daughter and son-in-law Susan and Robert Heenk of Salem and grandchildren Ashley Johnson, Kristine and Bradley Heenk. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 26 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Salem. Those who wish may contribute to the ‘Fulfilling the Dream Campaign’ at his church towards the new community center. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service. He will be laid to rest in Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

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