Smith, Wilford Eugene

Smith, Wilford Eugene

Male 1926 - 1995  (68 years)

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  • Name Smith, Wilford Eugene  [1, 2
    Born 2 Sep 1926  Anderson, Madison County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Census 22 Apr 1930  Anderson, Madison County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census 14 May 1940  Anderson, Madison County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 1948  627 N 6th, Lafayette, Floyd County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Education 1950  Purdue University, West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    B.A., Mechanical Engineering 
    Died 23 May 1995  Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Buried Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, Solano County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I10724  Sackett
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2017 

    Father Smith, Basil Bryan,   b. 2 Jun 1897, Anderson, Madison County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1965, Anderson, Madison County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Keller, Mabel Evaline,   b. 16 Jul 1903, Summitville, Madison County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1957, Anderson, Madison County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 25 Jul 1922  Anderson, Madison County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children
     1. Smith, Wilford Eugene,   b. 2 Sep 1926, Anderson, Madison County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1995, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     
    Family ID F4288  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mason, Mildred Irene,   b. 23 Dec 1926, Jonesboro Township, Grant County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 2018, Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 2 Aug 1947  Elwood, Madison County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
    +2. Living
    Last Modified 5 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F4287  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Sep 1926 - Anderson, Madison County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 22 Apr 1930 - Anderson, Madison County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 14 May 1940 - Anderson, Madison County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Aug 1947 - Elwood, Madison County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1948 - 627 N 6th, Lafayette, Floyd County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - B.A., Mechanical Engineering - 1950 - Purdue University, West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 May 1995 - Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, Solano County, California, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend Address Cemetery Street/Feature Village/Neighborhood/Community Township/Parish City County/Shire State/Province Country Region Not Set

  • Photos
    Smith, Wilford Eugene (1926-1995)
    Smith, Wilford Eugene (1926-1995)
    Picture uploaded by Brad # Amaanda Collins to Find A Grave Memorial# 41822507

    Headstones
    Wilford Eugene Smith (1927-1995)
    Wilford Eugene Smith (1927-1995)
    Ted Smith photo, 29 Jan 2013

  • Notes 
    • General Notes:

      Wilford Smith was b. in Anderson, IN, on 2 Sep 1926, to Basil Bryan Smith and Mabel Evaline Keller, reportedly a lineal descendant of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland. A graduate of Anderson High School, Wil joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1944, shortly before the end of World War II. During his term of service, he was crew chief for military air transport plane that flew between Frankfurt and Berlin, Germany, prior to the blockade.

      Following his discharge, Wil attended Purdue University. On August 2, 1947, he eloped in spite of his mother's disapproval. In 1950, he received his BA in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue. His first job was with Aeroproducts in Dayton, OH, a manufacturer of airplane parts. While in Dayton, Wil and his family lived in a house owned by his father-in-law.

      In 1956 Wil and his family moved back to Anderson, purchasing a home in Evergreen Valley. From 1956 to 1961 Wil worked for Bernco, a manufacturer that made language lab furniture and training devices, located in Indianapolis. In 1960, Wil moved to Greenwood, IN, but later that year, Bernco filed for bankruptcy. In 1961, Wil was hired by Lockheed Missiles and Space and moved first to Mountain View, California, then to Sunnyvale (in 1964). There he helped design a number of top secret items, including the Discover satellite, the first American spy satellites, the aiming mechanism for the Hubble Space Telescope, and tiles for the Space Shuttle. Wil also became active in the American Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Toastmasters International (eventually becoming District Governor), the Young Democrats, Santa Clara County Square Dance Association (eventually becoming Governor), and Purdue Alumni Association.

      Wil and his family also were active members of a number of Methodist churches. In Anderson, Wil taught Sunday School (5th & 6th grade). From 1961 until about 1992, Wil was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church (UMC) in Mountain View. While there Wil held a number of positions, including (at various times) Sunday school teacher, youth counselor, treasurer, and lay leader (chairman of the church board). At the time of his death, he was a member of Sunnyvale UMC.

      Wil died of cancer in Sunnyvale, California. His ashes are interred at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery near Dixon, California. - [Supplied by Theodore Cabot (Ted) Smith]
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      Sources:
      Theodore Cabot (Ted) Smith, "Electronic."
      Cindy Torres Owens

      SMITH WILFORD EUGENE 09/02/1926 - 05/23/1995 SSN 316-22-5408 68 years

      Wilford Smith was b. in Anderson, IN, on 2 Sep 1926, to Basil Bryan Smith and Mabel Evaline Keller. A graduate of Anderson High School, Wil joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1944, shortly before the end of World War II. During his term of service, he was a crew chief for an air freight plane that flew between Frankfurt and Berlin, Germany, prior to the blockade.

      Following his discharge, Wil attended Purdue University. On August 2, 1947, he eloped in spite of his mother's disapproval. In 1950, he received his BA in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue. His first job was with Aeroproducts in Dayton, OH, a manufacturer of airplane parts. While in Dayton, Wil and his family lived in a house owned by his father-in-law.

      In 1956, Wil and his family moved back to Anderson, purchasing a home in Evergreen Valley. From 1956 to 1961, Wil worked for Bernco, a manufacturer that made language lab furniture and training devices, located in Indianapolis. In 1960, Wil moved to Greenwood, IN, but later that year, Bernco filed for bankruptcy. In 1961, Wil was hired by Lockheed Missiles and Space and moved first to Mountain View, California, then to Sunnyvale (in 1964). There he helped design a number of top-secret items, including the Discover satellite, the first American spy satellites, the aiming mechanism for the Hubble Space Telescope, and tiles for the Space Shuttle. Wil also became active in the American Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Toastmasters International (eventually becoming District Governor), the Young Democrats, Santa Clara County Square Dance Association (eventually becoming Governor), Purdue Alumni Association, the Gideons, and Senior Gleaners.

      Wil and his family also were active members of a number of Methodist churches. In Dayton, his wife was a choir member. In Anderson, Wil taught Sunday School (5th & 6th grade), as did his wife (2nd grade). From 1961 until about 1992, Wil and his wife were members of Trinity United Methodist Church (UMC) in Mountain View. While there Wil held a number of positions, including (at various times) Sunday school teacher, youth counselor, treasurer, and lay leader (chairman of the church board). Atthe time of his death, he was a member of Sunnyvale UMC. He also earned an MBA at Santa Clara University.
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      SSDI:
      WILFORD E SMITH 02 Sep 1926 24 May 1995 94087 (Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, CA) (none specified) 316-22-5408 Indiana
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      Find A Grave Memorial
      Wilford Eugene Smith
      Birth: Sep. 2, 1926; Anderson, Madison County, Indiana, USA
      Death: May 24, 1995; Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County, California, USA
      Burial:
      Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, Solano County, California, USA

      Wilford was born to the parents of Basil Bryan Smith and Mabel Evaline Keller in Anderson, Indiana.

      His siblings were:
      Francis James Smith - died as an Infant
      Flora Margaret Smith - married 1. Bob Cole, 2. Wilson Morgan
      Wade Keller Smith - married Betty Hardwick
      still living Smith - married Donald Cookman
      John Warren Smith - married Jo Ann Johnson

      [Obituary in the Notes above is included in this Memorial]
      Source of Information and Photo: Ted Smith

      Family links:
      Parents:
      Basil Bryan Smith (1897 - 1965)
      Mabel Evaline Keller Smith (1903 - 1957)

      Maintained by: Ted Smith
      Originally Created by: Brad & Amanda Collins
      Record added: Sep 11, 2009
      Find A Grave Memorial# 41822507
      Headstone picture added by: Ted Smith
      Photograph added by: Brad & Amanda Collins


      1940 Census, enumerated May 14, 1940 in Ward 1, Anderson, Anderson Township, Madison, Indiana, United States. All were living in the same place in 1935.

      Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
      Basil Smith Head M 42 Indiana
      Mable Smith Wife F 36 Indiana
      Margaret Smith Daughter F 15 Indiana
      Wilford Smith Son M 13 Indiana
      Dorothy Smith Daughter F 12 Indiana
      Wade Smith Son M 10 Indiana
      Warren Smith M 9 Indiana

      District: 48-8B , Family Number: 181 , Sheet Number and Letter: 8B , Line Number: 78 , Affiliate Publication Number: T627 , Affiliate Film Number: 1072 , Digital Folder Number: 005459828 , Image Number: 00290

  • Sources 
    1. [S184] Ted Smith.

    2. [S543] Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com), Memorial# 41822507 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S116] Social Security Death Index.

    4. [S937] 1930 U.S. Census.
      1930 Census, enumerated 22 Apr 1940 in Fairmount, Fairmount Township, Grant County, Indiana, USA:

      Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
      Basil B Smith Head M 31 Indiana
      Mabel K Smith Wife F 26 Indiana
      Flora M Smith Daughter F 5 Indiana
      Wilford E Smith Son M 3 Indiana
      Dorothy M Smith Daughter F 2 Indiana
      Wade K Smith Son M 0 Indiana
      District: 0020 , Sheet Number and Letter: 19B , Household ID: 569 , Line Number: 54 , Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) , Affiliate Publication Number: T626 , Affiliate Film Number: 589 , GS Film number: 2340324 , Digital Folder Number: 004584684 , Image Number: 00640

      Collected by Ted Smith

    5. [S814] 1940 U.S. Census.
      1940 Census, enumerated May 14, 1940 in Ward 1, Anderson, Anderson Township, Madison, Indiana, United States. All were living in the same place in 1935.

      Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
      Basil Smith Head M 42 Indiana
      Mable Smith Wife F 36 Indiana
      Margaret Smith Daughter F 15 Indiana
      Wilford Smith Son M 13 Indiana
      Dorothy Smith Daughter F 12 Indiana
      Wade Smith Son M 10 Indiana
      Warren Smith M 9 Indiana

      District: 48-8B , Family Number: 181 , Sheet Number and Letter: 8B , Line Number: 78 , Affiliate Publication Number: T627 , Affiliate Film Number: 1072 , Digital Folder Number: 005459828 , Image Number: 00290
      Collected by Ted Smith

    6. [S1163] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, (Ancestry.com), 15 Feb 2016.
      Name: Wilford E Smith
      Gender: Male
      Residence Year: 1948
      Street address: 627 N 6th
      Residence Place: Lafayette, Indiana, USA
      Occupation: Student
      Spouse: Mildred M Smith

      Publication Title: Lafayette, Indiana, City Directory, 1948



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