Earl Burton Smith

WINSTED — Earl Burton Smith, 86, died Jan. 5, 2008.

Born July 23, 1921, in Winsted, he was a son of Mildred (Hart) Raydenbow and Earl Smith and stepson of Ralph Raydenbow.

Mr. Smith attended local schools and served as a staff sergeant Air Corps gunner, fighting in northern France and Rhineland during World War II. He was a crane operator at the Connecticut Millstone power plant before moving to Florida to retire. Later, he moved to North Carolina, then Michigan and finally back to Winsted for the past two-and-a-half years.

Mr. Smith is survived by his son, Lee Smith, and his wife, Cathy, of Healdsburg, Calif.; two grandsons, Henry and William Smith of Healdsburg, Calif.; a sister, Mary Brown, of Canton; a niece, Noreen Marchand, and her husband, Peter, of Winsted; a nephew, Jeff Brown, and his wife, Peggy, of Canton; and a dear friend, Beatrice Peacock of Ann Arbor, Mich. He was predeceased by two brothers, Roy Raydenbow and Allyn Raydenbow.

The family thanks Dr. David Lawrence and staff for their dedicated care and to Cherry Brook Health Care Center.

A brief funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, at Montano-Shea Funeral Home, Winsted, at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be held in the spring. Friends may call that day from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Visit an online guestbook at montano-shea.com. 

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