Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Stephen Edward Smith, 66, of Longview passed away May 18, 2015, surrounded by family.
He was born Feb. 3, 1949, in Longview. He was the son of Delmer and Eleanor Smith and the brother of Charles, Ronald, Gary and Theressa Smith.
Steve is survived by a child; two beloved stepchildren; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other extended family members.
He graduated from Mark Morris High School in 1967 and lived in the Longview area his entire life. He was an Army veteran and served as a sergeant in Vietnam, earning the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart and an Air Medal, having more than 100 helicopter insertions into enemy territory.
Steve worked for Weyerhaeuser Co. for 42 years. He was a machinist for a number of years before moving to the pulp and paper division, from where he retired in 2011.
Steve enjoyed rock collecting and spending time at the family lot in Ocean Park. In his younger years he enjoyed off-roading, motorcycle riding and working on cars. He possessed an easygoing personality with a nearly endless ability to trust in those around him.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Smith; his grandmother, Ida Sims; and an uncle, Carol Pritchard.
A memorial service, including a potluck, is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. June 28 at the AWPPW Hall in Longview.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Dahl-McVicker Funeral Home.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
This morning we left the house at 5:30 a.m. for the long two state drive to WA. This trip we needed to drive our bigger 8 seater car, the saturn outlook. Since we would be gone a week we had lots of luggage to fit in the car. Plus, it is nice to pop up the third row single seat for Kayla to have her own space for less fighting during the long 13 hour drive.
Things went quite while during the first 4 hours. The next 4 hours seamed to take forever. Then the trouble hit. Our power steering started to go out. Thankfully only at slow speeds. Then, our air conditioner stopped working as well and temperatures outside ranged from 94-99 degrees. It was a hot, muggy mess in the car!!
Thankfully my brother offered for us to use his minivan for the week once we arrived. The power steering was a recall for this vehicle so we brought it to the dealer in town for them to fix it.