July 5, 1921 - Dec. 12, 2010
Edward J. Smith, 89, passed away at his home in Kennewick on Dec.12, 2010.
Mr. Smith was born July 5, 1921, in Minneapolis to Edward and Anne Smuda Smith. He attended Minneapolis area schools and graduated from high school there in the class of 1939.
He was a sergeant in the Army when he met Rosemary Mimnagh and on Jan. 15, 1944, they were married in Minneapolis. He was a pharmacy tech and transferred to McCaw Hospital in Walla Walla and was discharged in 1945 in Tacoma. He worked for Western Auto until 1946, when he bought Builder's Insulation in Walla Walla and changed the name to Smith Insulation. He retired in 1986. Edward enjoyed playing golf, cribbage and duplicate bridge. He was an amateur magician. He was a past president of the Jaycees, a life member of the Knights of Columbus and the Elks.
He is survived by his children, Patty Peterson of Spokane and Martin Smith and his wife Marie of Kennewick; a sister, Judy Smith of Melbourne, Fla.; and a first cousin, Dorothy Carroll in Edonia, Minn. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Eamon Smith, Shannon Peterson, Ryan Peterson, Brandon Peterson, Michaela Peterson, Sam Peterson, Danielle Peterson, Katie Peterson and Jessica Potoshnik and 10 great-grandchildren.
Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla. The funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Walla Walla with Father John O'Shea celebrating. Vault interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benton Franklin Humane Society of the Union Gospel Mission of the Tri-Cities through the funeral home.