Homer Allen Smith, 70, Owasso, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Pueblo, Colorado surrounded by his wife and children. Graveside services will be held on Friday, Sept. 9, at 2 PM at Ft. Gibson National Cemetery. Ft. Sill Military Chaplain will officiate and Military Honors will be provided by Ft. Sill Funeral Honors Team. Service arrangements are entrusted to Stephens-Key Funeral & Cremation Care in Pryor.
Homer was born in Pawhuska on July 17, 1946. As a child, his family moved to Chouteau, establishing friendships that would last a lifetime. After graduation from Chouteau High School in 1964, he joined the United States Army. During his tour of Vietnam, he was lead crew chief for the Attack Helicopter Company. He made the military his career and retired in 1988 as a Sgt. First Class with 22 years of service.
Retirement did not last long for Homer, for he soon was a contract helicopter/aircraft mechanic all around the United States. Afterwards, many exciting events occurred for Homer while working as a contractor in Central and South America for the U.S. Drug Interdiction and Eradication Program.
Homer had many interests and his skills were quite diverse, ranging from Boy Scout, musician, catcher, helicopters, soldier, author, craftsman, fisherman and sports fan, especially the Texas Rangers baseball team.
Homer enriched many lives including his wife, children, grandchildren, brother and his many friends to whom he was 100% reliable. His selfless way of life will always be remembered by those who knew his very kind and generous nature, along with his thoughtfulness. He had so many wonderful qualities and traits that he consistently demonstrated to his family and friends, making a positive influence in their lives.
Homer was an avid fisherman and had enjoyed fishing from the time he was a boy. Before his passing, he was on his way to a week of fishing and reminiscing on a lake in Colorado with his closest buddies, Chuck Dillard, J.W. Scott and Earl Cherry.
Among his many talents, Homer was a very gifted conversationalist and marvelous storyteller. He was a true "people person" and had a fantastic memory of what happened when, where, and to whom. He also loved animals and was devoted to his dogs, especially Sheba. He admired Will Rogers who once said, "I never met a man I didn't like." With Homer, anyone who would meet him (man or woman) would like him.
Everyone enjoyed listening to Homer when he spoke of his adventurous life while traveling the world and his many accomplishments. No one could relate a story quite like Homer, even though it was thought sometimes, that he might have embellished them a bit. His stories will live on not only in the memories of those who heard them but in books he published such as, Shake Down, which is a riveting story of the hard-drug business.
He is remembered with love by his wife, Kathlene Bills-Smith of the home; his children, Patricia and Phil Broome of Baltimore, Maryland, Jenn Smith and Zarek of Mt. Holly, North Carolina, Edward Smith of Orlando, Florida, Jean Commons of Spring Lake, New Jersey and Michael Commons of Spring Lake, New Jersey; grandchildren, Connor, Madison and Harper; his mother, Gayola Claypool of Chouteau and his brother Edward Claypool and wife Peggie of Chouteau.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Claypool.
Those who really knew Homer would know that in lieu of flowers, he would want you to vote for Trump!
Published on September 5, 2016