William D. “Smitty” Smith, 73, of Leechburg, passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2020 in his residence.
A son of the late Marion C. Smith and Ruth C. (Bortz) Smith, he was born on June 12, 1947 in New Kensington, PA.
William was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served as a Sergeant stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. For over 30 years, he worked in the auto industry as a Certified Master Mechanic employed by Glenn Buick in New Kensington (over 20 years), then by Nick Chevrolet in Tarentum (3 years) and as an instructor at Wyotech in Blairsville (7 years), retiring in 2010. Smitty enjoyed camping, woodworking, fishing, and artistry.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Donna M. (Baker) Smith of Leechburg; his son, David W. Smith (Leanne Mathys) of Columbus, Ohio; his stepson, Christopher S. Patterson of Vandergrift; a granddaughter, Amber N. Smith; a brother, Marion C. Smith Jr. of Oak Harbour, Washington; two sisters, Ruth E. Smith of Wheeling, West Virginia and Marian D. Collier (Larry) of Silver Springs, Maryland; two sisters-in-law, Joann “Toot” Baker of Lower Burrell and Sandy Smith of Rainier, Washington; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved cat, Brody.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel D. Smith; an infant sister, Baby Smith; and a brother-in-law, Don Smith.
Friends will be welcomed by his family on Friday, August 21, 2020 from 4-7 p.m. at Clawson Funeral & Cremation Center, 170 Main Street, Leechburg (724-842-1051) followed at 7 p.m. with military rites conducted at the funeral home by the Vandergrift Veterans Honor Guard. Private interment will be held at Greenwood Memorial Park in Lower Burrell.
All visitors are asked to respectfully follow current state guidelines concerning pandemic measures of required face coverings, social distancing and gathering restrictions. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in William’s name to the charity of the donor’s choice.
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