“Journeys With a Gratiot Cemetarian” 5.6: Lester L. Smith, WWII Veteran, Ithaca City Cemetery


     Lester Leroy Smith was born June 2, 1919, to Clair and Laura Smith in Taber, Alberta, Canada. On May 18, 1944, he was one of 48 Gratiot County men who was sent to Detroit for their pre-induction examinations to enter the service during World War II. Lester served his country in the United States Army.

     He eventually met and married his wife, Harrriett. Lester also worked at Federal Mogul in St. Johns, Michigan. He died on June 23, 1990 and is buried in the Ithaca City Cemetery. Lester Leroy Smith is one of many Gratiot County men and women who served their county, state and country during a time of war.


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