John Smith Obituary

John E. Smith
John E. Smith

July 16, 1925 - April 16, 2015
Born in Bridgeton, NJ
Resided in West Des Moines, IA

Obituary

John E. Smith, 89, died Thursday, April 16, 2015 at VA Medical Center in Des Moines. A graveside service will be held 9:30 am, Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter.

John was born July 16, 1925 in Bridgeton, NJ to Boyd and Ethel (Hughes) Smith. He grew up in New Jersey and was a World War II Army Veteran. He received his undergraduate degree at Drake University where he met his wife, Dorothy Mezvinsky. He earned his Master's degree from Iowa State University and his Doctorate from N.Y.U. John taught chemistry and physics for many years. He was also an editor for Holt, Rhinehart and Winston's Modern Chemistry and Modern Physics textbooks.

Survivors include his son, Nelson (Terri) Smith of West Des Moines; grandchildren: Dori (Ben) Streit of Duluth, MN, Zachary Smith of Ottumwa; two great grandchildren: Ariella and Elijah Streit; brother, Hugh Smith of Levittown, PA and step sister, Marion of California. John was preceded in death by his son, Jason Smith.

John had a great love of animals and memorial contribution may be made to the Animal Rescue League in his name. Online condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com.

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Service
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, IA US 50003
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
9:30 AM
Cemetery
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, IA US 50003
Tuesday, April 21, 2015