Published: Thursday, October 10th, 2013
Glen Roy Smith was born on April 30, 1922, in Fairburn, S.D., to Furman and Merle (Havens) Smith. He had two sisters, Neva and Nelda.
Glen attended school through the eightth grade at the Downen School and graduated from Fairburn High School. With the exception of his military service and the last three years in Hot Springs, S.D., Glen lived his entire life in the Buffalo Gap/Fairburn area. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during WWII and was in the Seabees as a heavy equipment operator. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
On June 2, 1949, Glen married Vivian Degnan Mallory of Buffalo Gap, S.D. In addition to his ranch work, Glen held several other jobs throughout his life. He was a heavy equipment operator on the road crew that built Highway 79 and later worked as a security guard at a missile base outside Hermosa, S.D., and he was employed at the dietetics department at the Hot Springs VA until his retirement in 1991.
Glen was a 70-year member of I.O.O.F. Lodge #235 (Fairburn), a 63-year life member of Hot Springs Elk Lodge #1751, a member of the VFW Post #1640 in Hot Springs and a member of the American Legion Post #303 in Hermosa.
Glen was a very active member of the Fairburn Historical Society and was always ready to help with projects t the group’s museum in the old school building in Fairburn. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Buffalo Gap until the church’s closing. He served as senior warden for several years.
Glen loved playing cards, traveling and fishing. In his younger days he was an avid bowler, bowling in two to three leagues a week. Glen spent his last year and a half living at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home in Hot Springs and was so grateful for the wonderful care and friendship he found there.
Glen was a kind man who always found time to help his family, friends and neighbors in any way he could. He was skilled at building or repairing machines or equipment and prided himself on being able to get a “few more good years” out of an aging machine.
Glen died Oct. 5, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs. He was 91.
He is survived by his daughter, Glenda (Robert) Alcorn of Gordon, Neb.; son, Douglas Mallory of Hot Springs; granddaughter, Capt. Christina (Chase) Pruitt DDS of Papillion, Neb.; grandsons, Ryan (Jill) Alcorn of Rushville, Neb., Douglas M. Mallory of Dallas, Texas, William (Cassandra) Mallory of Midlothian, Texas; sister, Nelda Carroll of Fairburn; four great-grandchildren; and many dearly loved nephews and nieces including Terry (Anita) Gallentine of River Falls, Wis., and Evan (Roberta) Gallentine of Rapid City, S.D.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at McColley’s Chapels of the Hills in Hot Springs with Fr. Claude Vershure officiating. Interment will follow at the Buffalo Gap Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Fairburn Historical Society.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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