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SMOYER, Curtis Kervin
SMOYER, Curtis Kervin Retired Executive Vice President to the President of IBM, Curt was born February 16, 1922, in Mountain Grove, Pennsylvania, and died April 19, 2012, in California at the age of 90. A founding partner in Logue Avionics, he had served as District Governor of Lions International for the region that includes New York. Curt was in the US Army Air Force in World War II and was attached to the Manhattan Project. He attended Catholic University on the G.I. Bill, graduating with a degree in electrical engineering in 1949. That enabled his 27-year career at IBM, 1952-1977. His love of flying brought his return to the air, with a civilian pilots license and instrument rating. He often flew his six-seat, twin-engine Cessna 610 between homes in Poughkeepsie, NY, and Florida, and attained the dream of many private pilots, flying his plane coast-to-coast across the U.S. Curtis was married 52 years to the former Erma Brown, spending most of those years in New York State. Following Ermas death, he was married 16 years to the former Fay Wines, widow of a distinguished military pilot. Curt and Fay made their home in California. Curt loved the outdoors and the open sky. He was a hunter and an avid freshwater fisherman. Curt and Fay celebrated their 16th anniversary just days before his final hospitalization. Curt is survived by his widow, Fay Smoyer, and his nieces and nephews and their spouses. They are Barbara (Adams) Fletcher and her husband Tom, Tammy Baker, Barry Baker and wife Darlene, and Elaine (Baker) Colihan and husband Tom. Born to Robert Roy and Carrie (Crouse) Smoyer in Mountain Grove, Pennsylvania, he is returning to his boyhood home to be buried in the family plot by the church where he taught Childrens Sunday School as a very young man.

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