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SMITH Joseph Bertrand
SMITH, Joseph Bertrand Joseph Bertrand Smith was born on May 11, 1932, in Louisville, Kentucky to parents Albert Hoefer Smith and Ella Fountain. He was the sixth of eight children in the family. Joseph graduated high school in Louisville and enlisted in the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1951, as he wanted to see the world outside Louisville. In his distinguished 23-year career in the military, he served in many capacities and served in many locations both stateside and abroad. He served as a cook, meat cutter, and as an Air Operation Supervisor, and was a veteran of both the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. Joseph was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) when he was honorably discharged with final rank of Tech Sergeant and received an Air Force Commendation Medal for his work. After retirement from active duty, he spent nearly another 20 years in civil service as a meat cutter and supervisor at Edwards AFB commissary. While stationed in St. Louis during his early time in the military, Joseph met, fell in love with and married the first love of his life, fellow USAF enlistee Gloria Greene on January 2, 1957. From this union were born sons Michael Jeffrey and Trevor Howard. Their joyful union lasted 31 years until Gloria passed away in 1988. Throughout his life, Joseph's passion was bowling where he excelled in local leagues, as well as regional and national tournaments. Additionally, he served as Vice President and as Director for the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) in Antelope Valley for many years. He also shared the love of bowling with the second love of his life, Ann Knapp, who was his life partner from 2002 until his death. They enjoyed many years of bowling together, travelling to tournaments, as well as spending time with both of their families. Joseph also enjoyed attending UCLA football games, and Los Angeles Dodger and San Francisco Giants baseball games with his sons. Joseph is preceded in death by his parents Albert Hoefer Smith and Ella Fountain; wife Gloria Greene Smith; brothers Alonzo, William (Bonnie), and Alvin, and sisters Tillie, Jeanette, and Margaret. He is survived by his long-term partner Ann Knapp of Lancaster, Calif; son Michael Jeffrey (wife Esther Wijaya) Smith of Portland, Ore; son Trevor Howard (wife Viola Campbell) Smith of Santa Clara, Calif, grandchildren Victoria (husband El Chereik) Johnson; Trinity Smith of Santa Clara, Calif; Nathan Smith of Santa Clara, Calif: great-granddaughter Elle Johnson (daughter to Victoria), and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 1:00pm at Joshua Memorial Chapel, 808 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association in memory of Joseph Bertrand Smith.

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