Frank Herbert Smith

Frank Herbert Smith

Frank Herbert Smith, 90, closed his eyes and reunited with his loving Caroline on Wednesday, January 18.
Frank maintained an active body and mind all his life, tending to an immaculate yard, a groomed garden and endless fix-it and build-it requests from his family, which he completed carefully and resourcefully in his shipshape shop. When he wasn’t on his feet, he read the paper daily, put together puzzles, completed word searches, kept up with family on social media and occasionally kicked up his feet and enjoyed a happy hour.
Frank was born April 15, 1926, in South Heart, North Dakota, the second of seven children to Mike and Julia Smith. They instilled in him a strong work ethic on their farm in the country, preparing him for a life devoted to serving others.
He served in the U.S. Army 25th Infantry from 1945 to 1947, an assignment that took him to Osaka, Japan, during World War II. After his service, he worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad in Laurel.
Not long after, he met Caroline at St. Anthony’s Church in Laurel, where they married on Nov. 16, 1948. He said that’s when he started losing his hair. Together, they raised Jeanetta, Janetta and Janet, and before long, his bald head earned him the nickname “Curly” at the Laurel Fire Department, where he volunteered as a fireman for 20 years as he worked on the railroad and as a carpenter.
Throughout life he balanced his hard work with playful humor and teased anyone he could—especially kids.
Upon retirement, he and Caroline spent winters in Missoula with Janetta’s and Janet’s families, and summers at Jeane’s dude ranch on the Boulder River, where Frank built their cabin and stayed busy as a do-all handyman and a guest favorite for his playful banter.
He and Caroline celebrated 66 years of marriage. After losing her nearly two years ago, Frank lived life to his fullest despite his broken heart. He faithfully drove to church, to the mall for daily coffee at Hoagieville, to businesses to drop off his bills and save stamps, to Farmers “Mart” on Saturdays and to Denny’s on Sundays. But his heart continued to beat for Caroline and ultimately gave way so they could be together eternally.
He will be dearly missed by his daughters, Jeanetta (Steve) Aller of Big Timber; Janetta (Jerry) Brewer and Janet (Tim) Roy, both of Missoula; his grandchildren, Zeb Brewer, Jordan Aller, Reed (Hilary) Aller, Chelsea (Anthony) Wells and Breanna Roy; five great-granddaughters, PJ, Aley, Zoey, Avery and Caroline; and his sisters, Florence Frank, Shirley (Roy) Heidt, Gladys (Dan) Krous, and Judy Buben; and sisters-in-law Agnes Smith, Marlene Dolechek, Arvella (Jim) Emineth. He is preceded in death by his wife, Caroline; his parents; brother, Ned; and sister, Betty.
A funeral Mass will held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at St. Anthony’s Church in ​Missoula. Burial will take place at Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

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