The Duncan Banner


January 17, 2013

William James ‘Dub’ Smith Jr.

Aug. 17, 1921 — Jan. 11, 2013

COMANCHE — William James “Dub” Smith, Jr. passed away on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at his residence in Comanche, at the age of 91. A funeral service will be scheduled at a later date.

Dub was born Aug. 17, 1921, in Gainesville, Texas, to William James Sr. and Mary Vay Kirchenbauer Smith.

After serving in the Pacific theater during World War II in the Army Air Corps, Dub flew as a pilot for United Airlines until his retirement.

Being the “consummate pilot,” Dub mentored many young pilots at United Airlines until his retirement in 1981.

One of his many hobbies included the restoration and rebuilding of classic and antique cars (1930s and ’40s) as well as the “Ford Mustang.”

He enjoyed working with his hands—woodworking, building his own home and furniture, painting and working around the house.

Dub was a member of the Retired United Pilots Association and an active Mason for more than 50 years.

He was a charter member of the Burns Methodist Church of Aurora—started/founded in his own garage.

Dub moved to Comanche in 2002, from Aurora, Colo., to be with his daughter.

Dub is survived by a daughter, Traci Brennan, Comanche; a son, Hadyn William Smith, Aurora; a grandson, Mike Trenkle, Elizabeth, Colo.; a great-grandson, Cody Leming, Elizabeth; a brother, Paul E Smith and his wife, Imajean, Gainesville, Texas; a sister, Icylene Wainwright, Beaumont, Texas; and many nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Elizabeth “Lee” McCaskill Smith.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to your church or to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch.

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