Eldon Clay Smith, of Mora, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, at Elim Care Center in Milaca. He was 87 years old.
He was born on July 21, 1932, in Richmond, Kentucky, the son of Harry and Dorrothea (Eades) Smith. He grew up in Richmond where he attended school before entering the U.S. Army in 1949. He served as platoon sergeant and instructor in tactics and special weapons and served in the Korean War and two tours in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1969 and moved to Columbus, Georgia where he worked as a long distance truck driver. On Nov. 13, 1976, he was united in marriage to Susan Wilkie. They made their home in Long Beach, California, where he installed alarm systems and was an insurance agent. They moved to Kentucky in 1982 and Mora in retirement in 1988. The couple shared in 38 years of marriage before her death on Feb. 20, 2015.
He loved working on his computer, reading, bible studies, fishing and hunting. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan; daughter, Shirley; son, Michael; grandson, Daniel Sorum (age 11); two sisters and brother.
He is survived by his step-children, Linda (David) Sorum, John (Kathy) LaFramboise, Charlie (Pat) LaFramboise, Terry (Donna) LaFramboise, Lana Agenter, Randy (Pam) LaFramboise, Kevin LaFramboise and Allen LaFramboise; 24 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Carroll Smith and John Smith.
Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at the Johnson Funeral Home in New London. Burial with military honors was at Oak Hill Cemetery in New London.