Quentin R. Smith, 100, formerly of Hummelstown passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Frey Village, Middletown.
Born February 17, 1921 in West Fairview, he was a son of the late Herman and Vesta (Weber) Smith. Quentin was the widower of Josephine M. (Early) Smith since April 2013 and also preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.
As a young boy, he distributed the Harrisburg Telegraph Newspaper. He graduated from Lemoyne High School in 1940 and later worked at the Glenn Martin Aircraft Company near Baltimore, where he assembled B-26 Marauder bombers, until he was drafted into the US Army during World War II. He married Josephine Early on June 5, 1951 and they raised four children Douglas R. Smith, Stephen R. Smith (married Susan Hetrick), Kristine A. Orwan (wife of Brian K. Orwan), and Sharon L. Leonti (wife of Grant Leonti). He is also survived by three grandchildren, five great grandchildren, brother Max Smith and sister Janet Bennett (wife of Richard Bennett).
He retired from the Harrisburg Post Office with 35 years of service and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Hummelstown, the VFW, and American Legion for over 60 years. Quentin enjoyed hunting and fishing and visiting state parks with his family, especially the annual Smith reunion at Caledonia State Park. An enthusiastic fan of the Phillies, Penn State football and wrestling, he locally supported Lower Dauphin High School sports. A great joy in Quentin’s life were family vacations at Long Beach Island, New Jersey which he looked forward to every year.
Inducted into the US Army on September 2, 1942, he entered active duty at New Cumberland Army Depot on September 16, 1942. He served with Company A, 551st Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion, 13th Army Air Force through December 23, 1945 and was discharged at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation on January 7, 1946. His three brothers Wallace, Donald, and Lemar also served during World War II. Quentin was trained in the operation of the SCR-270 radar at Drew Army Airfield in Tampa, Florida, then travelled to San Francisco enroute to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. He served at Henderson Field on Guadalcanal Island, Munda Field on New Georgia, and at Zamboanga City on Mindanao Island in the Philippines.
A service and military honors at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 West Main Street, Hummelstown, PA 17036.
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