George A. Smith…April 15, 1942 – September 12, 2015

george-smith-WEBGraveside memorial services for George Smith will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 18, 2015 at the Las Animas/Bent Cemetery Elder Chapel in Las Animas, Colorado. Pastor Diane Hutson will officiate.

George Arnold Smith was born on April 15, 1942 in Pueblo, Colorado to Russell and Mary (Smith) Smith. He passed away on September 12, 2015 at his home in Lamar, Colorado at the age of 73.

George worked for thirty five years for various telephone companies including, Mountain Bell, U.S. West and Century Telephone. His work took him to many areas throughout Southern Colorado and the San Luis Valley. He enjoyed his job and the many co-workers that he had worked with throughout the years. George and his brother, Roy has run Smith Game Farms for the past 25 years, raising gamebirds which were sold up and down the front range.

George is survived by his wife, Helen Bendzsa of the family home; sons, Russel Smith of Johnson, KS, Scott Smith of Wiley, CO, Paul Smith and Marla Fleming of Lamar, CO, and Jimmy Smith of Denver, CO; daughters, Shawna Ausmus and husband, Mike of Pueblo, CO, Doris Colman of Denver, CO; step-son, Kyle Bendzsa and wife, Charmaine of Wellington, CO; step-daughter, Ingrid Bendzsa and husband, Joitn Skufca of Denver, CO; sister, Doris Morgan of Pueblo West, CO; brother, Roy Smith of Las Animas, CO; 14 grandchildren, two great grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Mary Smith and brother, Larry Smith.

Memorial contributions may be made to the John W. Rawlins Heritage Center in care of Horber Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 431, Las Animas, CO 81054.

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