Leedom Richard Smith of West Grove

Leedom Richard Smith, 95, of West Grove, died Sunday, Aug. 29, at Chester County Hospital. He was the husband for 53 years of Joyce (Crossan) Smith who died on April 22, 2016. Born on Aug. 1, 1926, in West Chester, he was the son of the late Leedom V. and Clara M. (Sharp) Smith.

Leedom was a graduate of Kennett High School. He proudly served his country in the Navy during WWII and was deployed to the South Pacific, working as a helmsman and baker. He was active in the Avondale United Methodist Church for more than 50 years serving as a trustee and being involved with the Methodist Men.  He spent much of his career as a truck driver, working for a variety of local fuel oil, gasoline, and propane companies, retiring at the age of 63. He loved tending his vegetable garden and fruit trees, watching the Philadelphia Phillies, hunting, and bowling. He was a member of the VFW Post 5467, Kennett Square.

Leedom is survived by his three daughters, Susan E. Smith, Linda M. Mitchell (Bruce), and Patricia J. Evans (William) all of Kennett Square, grandson Nicholas Evans, sister Ann Thompson, and many nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his siblings, Jane E. Berube, Louise Walker, and Robert J. Smith.

All are invited to a graveside service on Friday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Bradford Cemetery in Marshallton. Contributions may be made in Mr. Smith’s name to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 704 W Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA 19348, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  Please visit Mr. Smith’s online memorial by going to www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com

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