Elmer Smith Sr.
Elmer Smith, 77, of Shelton, WA passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 surrounded by his loving family at his home. Elmer was born on November 13, 1934 to Elmer and Lucy (Shafer) Smith I in Tacoma, WA. He attended Richmond High School in California and married Jeanette Bingham in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in November of 1966.
Elmer was a contract logger for Manke Lumber for many years. He also grew Christmas trees in Grays Harbor County and in Shelton. Mr. Smith was a member of the National Rifle Association and a group known as the “Digging-Outers”, a clan of friends who liked to go out searching for and digging up old bottles. Elmer enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling. He loved gardening, growing a large garden every year and picking wild blackberries. His main passion however, was collecting bottles, crocks and anything old. He was a very giving, compassionate man, who did many good things for people, with the only reward being that they in turn do something good for someone else.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette; daughter, Theresa (Charlie) Wright, of Brady, WA and Melissa (Everardo) Jaime, Olympia, WA; sons, Kenneth (Elodie) Smith, Elmer Smith III, Gordy Smith, Earl (Karen) Smith, and Ronald (Marlene) Smith, all of Shelton; sisters, Lillian Lawrence and Joan Dorame; brother, John Paul Troy; 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Geraldine Thacker and Jacki Troy.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.