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Crash claims family’s second son in service
A Hartford airman coming home for Christmas was fatally injured last
week before he reached is destination. He was
Smithley, the second 20 year old son of the
Melvin Smithleys to be killed while in military service.
An Airman third class, Smithley was en route from Lockbourne air
base near Columbus, OH, when is car was hit by a train at Marcellus.
Smithley was graduated from Hartford high school last June and is
the first member of the class of 1964 to loose his life.
Edward, then a 20-year-old army private, was killed in Korea
July 29, 1952, when sandbags on the roof of a front-line bunker in
which he was sleeping fell on him in a rain-caused cavein.
Airman Smithley, who was born in Allegan, died Thursday afternoon at
Post hospital, Battle Creek, from injuries suffered in the car-train
crash. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the
Calvin chapel. The Rev. Lyell Smith officiated and burial was in
Maple Hill cemetery beside his brother.
Surviving are his parents; two brothers, Ronald of Hartford and
Roy in South
Carolina, and three sisters, Louise Robinson, Peggy Johnson, and
Jane Warford, all of Hartford.
Cleo Williams, 48, at Battle
Creek. Williams died unexpectedly on Sept. 3  following a
heart attack. He was stricken while working on the lawn of his home
He was born at Hartford and attended schools here,
graduating from high school in 1934. He attended business college at
Battle Creek and joined Kellogg’s there after graduation. When World
War II broke out, he became an officer in naval intelligence,
serving 42 months, including a year at Adak in the Aleutians. A
veteran of 16 years in the newspaper management field, he had been
production manager for The Flint Journal three years when he was
promoted to manager of The Muskegon Chronicle in 1962.
Williams is survived by his wife, Lucile; two
daughters, Linda, a student at Western Michigan, and Sharon, a
junior at Muskegon high school, and his mother, Mrs. Hattie
Williams, of Hartford.
Burial was at Memorial park, Battle Creek.
Walter H. McCurdy, 80, retired postmaster at McDonald, died Friday
at Community Hospital.
Coming from Chicago, he operated a general
store and was postmaster at McDonald for many years and was the
unofficial mayor of that community. McCurdy waged a lengthy
campaign, which met success when the state conservation department
established a public fishing site on Van Auken lake.
his retirement, he and his wife moved to a farm north of
Hartford. Mrs. McCurdy, the former Mabel Wade, died last year.
They were married June 5, 1909, at Chicago.
Born in Indiana,
McCurdy was a member of Florida Masonic lodge here and of the Sons
of the American Revolution.
He is survived by two sons, Hubert of
Dolton, Illinois, and Wade of Chicago; brother Hubert of Flint, a
sister, Lena Oxley of Pine Island, Florida, four grandchildren,
and two great-grandchildren.
Masonic services were held a two p.m. Sunday at the Calvin
chapel. Religious rites were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday by
Pastor William Draper of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Published in the Hartford MI Day Spring, June 11, 1964
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