THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Charlie L. Smelley
Issue Date: May 7, 2014
Charlie Lee Smelley, 86, of Stephenson, Mi., passed away Thursday, May 1 after a lengthy illness in Nevada, with his wife by his side.
Born to Vonnie and John C. Smelley on Feb. 21, 1928, he served in the United States Navy in Guam in World War II. He attended Texas A&M University and was proud to be a Fighting Texas Aggie. He worked for Fluor Corporation for 37 years in Houston, Tx. and Calgary, Alberta Canada. After retiring, he worked for Marinette Marine Corporation as Chief Piping Engineer.
He will be remembered for his southern drawl, love for his grandkids and his best buddy, Rufus (Coon Dog). Everyone that met him loved his charming personality and sense of humor. His hobbies included rebuilding cars, sail-boating, remote controlled airplanes, trains, golfing, but most of all spending time with his family and attending his grandkids sporting events.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Smelley; his children, Mike Smelley and Michelle McMahan, of Houston, Tx. and Donna (Jim) Raboin, of Daggett, Mi.; six grandchildren; two great-granddaughters and a special cousin, Imogene, of California.
A Memorial Service was held on Sunday, May 4 with burial on Tuesday, May 6 at Veteran 's Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nv.