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Harold M. Smith


Harold M. “Hal” Smith of Gardnerville, Nev., made his transition May 15, 2006, following a long struggle with cancer. He was 88.

Hal died at home surrounded by his devoted wife of nearly 66 years, Norma; daughter, Louise Coates McKillips; and son, Loren Smith, all of Gardnerville. He is also survived by son and daughter-in-law, Randall J. and Kathleen Smith of Los Gatos, Calif.; brother, Paul Smith of Reno, Nev.; and cousin, Louise Bennett of Glendale, Calif. He was predeceased by brother, Alan.

Hal was born Nov. 28, 1917, in Rockford, Ill., to Samuel and Fannie McKillips Smith. After marrying the love of his life, Norma Mae Garrison, on June 21, 1940, he served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy, teaching electrical engineering in Washington, D.C. Hal and Norma then moved to Orange County, Calif., to raise their family, while Hal enjoyed a career in electrical engineering. He retired in 1980.

The Smiths moved to the Carson Valley in 1993, where fly fishing and golf were more than pastimes.

Cremation was handled by Walton’s Douglas County Mortuary.

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