Ed Smith

Ed Smith of Surprise, Ariz., was 95 years young when he left this life on June 7, 2017, one day after playing his daily golf game, which he had enjoyed almost every day for many years.

Ed was born into a solid, Iowa farm family on Aug. 3, 1921, in Nemaha, the second of nine children. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served honorably as a B-25 tail gunner in the South Pacific during WWII. One of his many strengths was his steadfast patriotism and well-earned pride in his service to the United States. “Grandpa” was always willing to share war stories with anyone who would listen and he could tell some good ones.

On return from the war, he married his sweetheart, Patricia Duffy. They had five children: Eddie Lee and Mary Pat, who both died in infancy; Kevin, Susan and Doug. After some time working the family farm in Iowa and running a hardware store, the family moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where he owned and operated a successful air conditioning company, no small feat in a very competitive business in the desert.

His wife, Pat, died in 1988 and Ed was rescued two years later from perpetual bachelorhood when he married Joyce Farester, who was a caring wife, companion and helper for the rest of his life. After retirement, Ed especially enjoyed spending time with his family and was loved by his three children, two stepsons, seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Even after providing for his family for 40 years in the air conditioning business, Ed still considered himself an “Iowa farm boy” and could probably tell you the price of corn on any given day or how to operate a Farmall tractor.

Services have been held. Donations can be made to Ed’s favorite charities, Saint Vincent DePaul Society or Arizona Humane Society.