Stanton Smith - February 26, 2009
Stanton Bernard Smith, 85, of Holyoke, Colo. died Feb. 10, 2009 at Regent Park Nursing and Rehab in Holyoke, Colo. after a short battle with cancer.
He was born June 1, 1923 at Lamar, Neb., the oldest of nine children to Vernon and Leona (Daniels) Smith. He lived in the Holyoke area until his graduation from Holyoke High School in 1941. He enlisted in the United States Navy shortly thereafter and served proudly for seven years.
Stanton was a Pearl Harbor survivor, having visited friends on the USS Arizona the day before the attack. He left the service in 1948, having attained the rank of Chief Pharmacist’s Mate.
He then enrolled in Creighton University in 1948 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1952. He later received his Master’s of Education from University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1964.
In 1949, he married Dorothy Jean Bradshaw, and to this union two children were born: Carl Vernon and Jane Lea.
Stanton taught multiple subjects at Chase County High School in Imperial, Neb. from 1952-1965. He then became Superintendent of Schools at Hildreth, Neb. where he stayed until 1976. He worked in Denver until his retirement in 1986.
He was a member of First Christian Church of Holyoke, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Masonic Lodge, Eagles and Elks Lodges and the Lions Club.
Stanton is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Sidney and Wendell.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Holyoke, Colo.; son, Carl, and wife, Sheryl, of Omaha, Neb.; daughter, Jane Perdue, and husband, Rick, of Pomona, Kan.; grandchildren, Trevor Smith and wife, Auli, of Omaha, Neb., Rachel Coyle and husband, Brian, of Omaha, Neb. and Justin Perdue of Pomona, Kan.; great-grandchildren Owen and Brooke Coyle of Omaha, Neb.; step-grandchildren Randy, Rebacca, Tara and Tiffany Perdue of Lawrence, Kan.; step-great-granddaughter Maliyah Brown-Perdue of Lawrence, Kan.; sister, Pat, and husband, Leonard Warren, and brother, Jerry, and wife, Betty, all of Holyoke, Colo.; brother, Bob, and wife, Sharon, of Sterling, Colo.; sister, Nancy, and husband, Walt Bradford, of Wray; sister, Betty, and husband, Gerald Myer, of Haigler, Neb.; sister, Lois, and husband, Bob Lakey, of McCook, Neb.; and sisters-in-law, Bonnie Smith-Moore of Wyoming and Ramona Smith of Holyoke, Colo.
Funeral service for Stanton was held Monday, Feb. 16 at First Christian Church with Pastor Lou Encinias and Pastor Jim Blake officiating.
Interment followed at Holyoke Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Stanton Smith Memorial Fund, 334 S. Belford Ave., Holyoke, CO 80734. Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.