Floyd Leon Smith

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Sunday, January 10, 1943

[Extensive obituary, from which the following was extracted]

Floyd L. Smith, News Writer, Taken By Death

Floyd Leon Smith, 55, assistant managing editor and sports editor of the Lewiston Morning Tribune, passes away yesterday afternoon at 4:32 at St. Joseph's hospital after a long illness with heart disease and attendant complications. A wounded veteran of World war No. 1, Mr. Smith started upon and completed his lengthy newspaper career in Lewiston.

Mr. Smith was first taken ill in the spring of 1941. After a two-month absence he was able to return to his work until he suffered a second attack last summer. He was back at his desk for a few weeks early in the fall but was forced to return to his home, 509 Fourth avenue, where he was confined to his bed. He was removed to the hospital Thursday. He bore the intense suffering of the disease with fortitude and patience and never faltered in his expressed determination to regain his health.

Born In South Dakota

Mr. Smith was born Oct. 1, 1887, at Mitchell, South Dakota, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry F. Smith. He attended high school in Lewiston while his father was station agent for the Northern Pacific at Kooskia and was graduated with the class of 1906. His parents then moved to Spokane where he father was claims agent for the railroad for 18 years.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Florence Smith, whom he married Sept. 10, 1919; two sons, Aviation Cadet Jack F. Smith, now in training at the army advanced flying school at Roswell, N.M., and Robert F. Smith, Tribune reporter who is an enlistee in the army air force awaiting his call to active duty; three brothers, Waldo F. Smith, superintendent of the Washington Masonic home at Zenith, near Seattle, Carroll Smith, The Dalles, Ore., and Major J. M. H. Smith, on duty at the army chemical warfare procurement office in New York City, and a sister, Mrs. George W. Roddewig, Flatriver, Mo.

Contributed by Bailey

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