R. Lee Smith
R. Lee Smith, 80, of Gracious Living Estates, Montrose, PA passed to his eternal home on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. He was born on Nov. 7, 1932 in Fairdale to the late Raymond L. and Hilda J. (Shannon) Smith of Fairdale. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Charlotte Owen Smith.
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Corrine and Robert Hawley of Forest Lake, Suzanne and Brian Ashley of Firestone, CO; son and daughter in-law, Ray and Debra Smith of Montrose; grandchildren, Lee (Megan) Hawley, Andrew (Nicole) Hawley, Erica Smith (fiancé’ Gordon Jonas), Gary Smith, Alex and Ben Ashley; great-grandchildren, Luca, Giovanni and Max Hawley; sister, Jayne Wheeler of Binghamton, NY; special friend, Barbara Squier of Springville and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lee operated the family farm for many years. He was employed at Penelec Electric Company and after retirement from Penelec, he served 12 years as Susquehanna County Commissioner. A lifelong Republican, he was one of the founders and first president of the Republican “C” Club.
A graduate of Montrose High School, he served as chairman of the Fairdale United Methodist Church Administrative Board, director of the Fairdale Cemetery Association, master of Warren Lodge #240, president of Montrose Lions Club, Noble Grand of Rush I.O.O.F. and master of Fairdale Grange. During this time, he was elected president of the Northern Tier Planning Commission, chairman of the Area Agency on Aging and member of the State Prison Board. He was a member of the Rush-Middletown Sportsmen Club and the Rush Volunteer Fire Company. His hobbies included playing cards with friends, deer hunting, spending time with his children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose, with Rev. Robert C. Ford of Elisha’s Home Ministry officiating. Interment will be in the Fairdale Cemetery, Jessup Twp., PA. Visitation will be Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent in Lee’s name to Gracious Living Estates, 10543 St. Route 29, Montrose, PA 18801.