Delmer Smith


Delmer Smith
July 19, 1921 - Oct. 2, 2010

Delos Delmer Smith, known as Delmer throughout his life and more recently known throughout the Walla Walla Valley as "the Harmonica man", died Oct. 2, 2010, at College Place, following a brief illness. He was 89 years old.

Delmer was born July 19, 1921, in Cassils, Alberta, Canada, to Calvin Dee Smith and Pearl Madeline Rick Smith. His childhood and youth were spent in the Pacific Northwest and the Dakotas.

He graduated from Plainview Academy in Redfield, S.D. in 1941, and married Edith Elsie Leno, a classmate, on May 17, 1942, in Willamina, Ore.

He earned bachelors and masters degrees in education from Walla Walla College, and taught elementary school in Falls City, Ore., White Salmon, Wash., Hood River, Ore., Southeast Alaska, Auburn, Wash., and Molalla, Ore.

After retirement, he volunteered for Mission Church Builders and refurbishing projects at Walla Walla University's Biological Station at Rosario Beach, Wash. His hobby of harmonica-playing brought him many new acquaintances in the Walla Walla Valley.

His wife predeceased him in 2009. He is survived by his brother, Llewellyn Smith, of Riverside, Calif.; his sister, Lois Oellrich, of College Place; one son, two daughters, three grandsons, four granddaughters, and ten great-grandsons.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at 11:00 a.m., at the Stateline Seventh-day-Adventist Church, 53730 Stateline Road, Milton-Freewater. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Worthy Student Fund at the Milton-Stateline Seventh-day Adventist School.


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