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Gordon Smiley
Birth: Apr. 20, 1946
Death: May 15, 1982

Auto racer. A 2-time veteran of the Indianapolis 500, Smiley was killed when his car struck the third turn wall and disintegrated as he attempted to qualify for the 1982 500-mile classic. There would be no more fatalities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway until driver Jovy Marcelo lost his life on May 15, 1992-exactly ten years after Smiley's accident. 
 
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery
Omaha
Douglas County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: Section 8, Row 15, Lot 25, Grave 1, Fifteen rows up from the road
 
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Record added: May 15, 1999
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Gordon Smiley
Added by: Rhonda Mims-Brown
 
Gordon Smiley
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Gordon Smiley
Added by: Kevin Radik
 
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I was 15 when you died. I remember the photo in the news, and i was sad to think you died that way. Recently watched the video footage, and it brought tears to my eyes. You didn't deserve to die like that. So sad for your family. R.I.P. Gordon.
- theresa pierson
 Added: Oct. 2, 2013

- Rhonda Mims-Brown
 Added: May. 26, 2013

- Rhonda Mims-Brown
 Added: May. 26, 2013
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