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 LeRoy Bernard “Cougar” Smith

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LeRoy Bernard “Cougar” Smith

Birth
Grays Harbor County, Washington, USA
Death 9 May 2005 (aged 86)
Montesano, Grays Harbor County, Washington, USA
Burial Satsop, Grays Harbor County, Washington, USA
Plot Block 65 Lot Old Grave 2
Memorial ID 84187190 View Source

Obituary, courtesy of Find A Grave contributor Thomas Moak (#47512799):

LeRoy B. “Cougar” Smith, 86, a lifelong Satsop area resident, died at Grays Harbor Community Hospital on Monday, May 9, 2005.
He was born November 29, 1918 in Satsop Valley to Bernard LeRoy and Mae (Green) Smith. He attended Mary M. Knight school in Matlock. As a kid, he delivered newspapers by horseback for the Tacoma Tribune. Since there was no extension of the Cougar Smith Road in that day, the only way to deliver to the people at Simpson Timber’s Camp Five was by horseback. So he saddled up his horse each day and headed up the trail to Camp Five. His favorite stop was the cook shack, sometimes he headed home in the dark with enough goodies to share with his sisters.
At the age of 17, he began working at Camp 5 as a whistle punk, and continued there until World War II. When the war began he started working at Todd Shipyard in Tacoma as a welder, helping to patch up the ships when they came in with war damage. Later he did the same at the Bremerton Naval Shipyard. Through the years LeRoy worked for many logging companies driving truck, running cat, and as a trackloader operator. He had worked for Simpson Timber Co for 15 years then for Anderson Middleton, retiring in 1982.
His friends knew him best as “Cougar”, a nickname passed down from his grandfather, George E. “Cougar” Smith, who homesteaded in the Satsop Valley.
In 1937 he married Violet Harris and shortly after divorced. On December 24, 1943 he married Pearl Rickards at Mossyrock. She survives him at the family home in Montesano.
He was a member of the Montesano Moose Lodge and the International Woodworkers Union. In earlier years he enjoyed steelhead fishing and hunting. He loved to dig razor clams, pick blackberries and peeling bark. Never shy from working and having projects, he liked to work on his home, raise raspberries and strawberries. He also took up bee keeping.
In addition to his wife Pearl; he is survived by his two daughters, Leslie Mills (Ken) of Montesano and Linda Buswell (Roger) of Bellingham; four grandchildren, Kary Lambert and Robert Buswell both of Bellingham and Breanne Potter of Central Park and Billie Anne Potter of Montesano and Tibodaux, Louisiana; five great-granddaughters all of Bellingham.
He was the eldest of four children. His three sisters all died previously from youngest to eldest in the family.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. - Noon at Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. at the Satsop Cemetery with a celebration of life to follow at the Montesano Moose Lodge for all his friends, co-workers and members of the lodge all on Monday, May 16, 2005.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Fire District No. 2, Montesano and Brady.


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  • Created by: Dan Stone
  • Added: 29 Jan 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 84187190
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/84187190/leroy-bernard-smith : accessed ), memorial page for LeRoy Bernard “Cougar” Smith (29 Nov 1918–9 May 2005), Find a Grave Memorial ID 84187190, citing Satsop Cemetery, Satsop, Grays Harbor County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Dan Stone (contributor 47624810) .