PORTLAND — H. Vance Smith, 80, of Freeport, died May 23 at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
Born in Jay, Aug. 23, 1930, the eldest of three sons of Audrey (Calden) and Harold C. Smith, he attended local schools and graduated from Wilton Academy.
After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in Germany during the Korean War.
While in Germany he met and married Edith Blumke.
After his discharge from the service he attended college in Indiana.
Later on he and his family moved to Auburn where he began a 40-year career with Eastland Shoe until he retired in 2010.
An avid reader, especially of history, he enjoyed visiting U.S. forts and battlefields. His other interests included making trails in the woods and watching football.
He was predeceased by his wife Edith in 1997 and his brother Wayne Smith.
Surviving are his two sons, Roger Smith of Poland, and Brent and his wife Debra of Auburn; three grandchildren, Andy and his wife Lisa, Jessica and Alex; three great-grandchildren, Jade, Arien and Brody; his brother Randy Smith and his wife Judy of Hebron; and his friend Madeline Boulanger.
A time of gathering will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, with a 2 p.m. funeral service to follow at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth.
Please visit lindquistfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of his life and to share condolences and tributes with his family.